1. What does this Scheme Amendment and Local Planning Policy do?
The purpose of Scheme Amendment No.103 is to modify the definition of ‘Short Stay Accommodation’ within Local Planning Scheme No.3 and to remove all references to ‘Bed and Breakfast’ from the Planning Scheme.
Proposed Local Planning Policy 2.11 – Short Stay Accommodation will provide the situations where development approval is required and where it is not required to operate short stay accommodation from a house within the Residential or Local Centre zones.
2. Why has the Council decided to advertise this Scheme Amendment?
Council wants to do this is because it has formed the view that small scale short stay accommodation has limited impact on an area. The Scheme Amendment and policy will allow small scale short stay accommodation to be operated within a dwelling in a residential or local centre zone without obtaining development approval.
3. What comments can I make?
The City is keen to hear the views of all residents in the area, and wants the community to be able to freely express it’s views on the proposal.
However, when Council considers the comments received, it must consider the planning merits of the proposal, and the planning issues that have been raised during public consultation. The City asks that comments be limited to those directly related to the planning merits or impacts of the proposed Scheme Amendment. Examples of the issues that can be considered valid planning considerations include:
· The requirements of orderly and proper planning including any proposed local planning scheme or amendment to this Scheme that has been advertised under the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 or any other proposed planning instrument that the local government is seriously considering adopting or approving;
· the compatibility of the development with its setting including the relationship of the development to development on adjoining land or on other land in the locality including, but not limited to, the likely effect of the height, bulk, scale, orientation and appearance of the development;
· the amenity of the locality including the following —
(i) environmental impacts of the development;
(ii) the character of the locality;
(iii) social impacts of the development;
· the adequacy of —
(i) the proposed means of access to and egress from the site; and
(ii) arrangements for the loading, unloading, manoeuvring and parking of vehicles;
· the amount of traffic likely to be generated by the development, particularly in relation to the capacity of the road system in the locality and the probable effect on traffic flow and safety;
· the impact of the development on the community as a whole notwithstanding the impact of the development on particular individuals;
· any submissions received on the application
The City’s officers must balance the comments received with an assessment of the likely impacts of the proposal, and must be satisfied that there is a factual or realistic basis to the opinions expressed on a proposal.
Matters that cannot be considered valid planning reasons for objecting to a proposal include:
· Perceived loss of property value
· Private disputes between neighbours including access & egress and easements
· Impact of construction work
· Trade competition concerns (in most circumstances)
· Matters that is controlled under other legislation