Council unsure of details
UNAUTHORISED short term holiday letting in the Tweed will continue to be investigated by Tweed Shire Council, despite the new state STHL policy.
Council on Thursday voted 4-3 to continue investigating any complaints received against STHLS, as the legislation still states it is illegal for any property within the Low Density Residential R2 zone to operate a STHL.
“I find the State Government’s announcement just totally inappropriate in what they’ve suggested as STHL use,” Councillor Chris Cherry said. “It doesn’t address the issues we’re finding on the ground in which STHL takes up our long-term residences. Those 365 nights are taking up residential homes. (People are) letting their homes be used constantly for STHL when we need places for people for long-term housing.”
The council’s planning director Vince Connell recommended council allow officers to continue assessing any STHL complaints. “We’re not quite clear on the exact details coming through (from the State Government),” he said.
“The announcement has not changed any certain immediate legislation, including the current planning legislation we operate in. Council still has a responsibility... to act on legitimate complaints on unauthorised land use.”