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Byron council drafts plan on holiday rentals

BYRON Shire Council says its draft short-term holiday accommodation strategy aims to reduce the impact of tourists in residential areas.

The draft strategy was announced yesterday.

Sustainable Environment and Economy executive manager Ray Darney said the strategy would "give certainty to the owners of residences".

"The Draft Byron Shire Short Term Holiday Accommodation Strategy was exhibited by (the) council for of six weeks leading up to Christmas," Mr Darney said.

"(The) council has received over 150 submissions expressing a wide range of views on the planning options proposed, including banning holiday letting in residential areas, through to there being no planning controls on holiday letting and the industry be reliant on self regulation," he said.

Under the draft strategy, holiday letting will be permitted in houses across the shire, with a development application required.

Staff are reviewing submissions and a report will be prepared for the council to consider next month or in March.

"The matter is complex, and in the absence of any clear direction from the Department of Planning or a statewide policy, (the) council needs to clarify the matter through its planning controls," Mr Darney said.

He said NSW councils including Gosford, Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven, Wyong, Blue Mountains and Kiama, had introduced controls.

The draft strategy can be viewed at www.byron.nsw.gov.au.

Topics:  byron shire council tourism



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