Staff are recommending councillors write again to the planning minister seeking an urgent meeting to request deferral of the Shire from new planning rules that are set to come into affect in January 2019.
A #SaveByron from over-tourism public meeting is being called for this Wednesday at 7pm as locals collect signatures to ask that Byron Shire be exempt from new holiday letting laws that will come into effect in January 2019.
‘Council is not commencing any new legal actions with respect to short-term holiday letting until the NSW government finalises its reforms in this area,’ staff said.
A new law passed in NSW parliament last week that aims to regulate the holiday letting industry. Yet it comes incomplete, with major elements such as proposed changes to the SEPP and a code of conduct still to be finalised.
The state government's holiday letting bill is expected to pass parliament this week, yet critics say it is unworkable and vague. And those operators who have DA approvals say it will decimate their industry and leave Council with less revenue.
Byron Shire Council is seeking an exemption from the state government’s new short-term holiday-letting laws in a last ditch bid to preserve its policy of restricting short-term letting in residential areas.
The unauthorised use of residential dwellings for tourism has been contentious in Byron Shire since 2003.
D Wallace, Suffolk Park. It was recently reported that Airbnb spokesperson Brent Thomas claims that mayor Simon Richardson is ‘demonising his Shire’s residents turning to home sharing to make a little extra income’. Harsh words from a representative of a multinational... Read More →
Of the 15,654 dwellings in the Byron Shire 2,655 properties were advertised on holiday platforms such as Airbnb in 2017, according to new figures released by Byron Shire Council this week.
A Byron Bay resident has told The Echo that Council staff have been unable to act on her complaints about her neighbours’ Airbnb activities, which she says are so intrusive she has had to buy earplugs.
June McCormack, Byron Bay. Because the council has approved a two-storey, five-bed five-bath house plus studio and pool to be built two metres away from our house, depriving us of most of our privacy and winter sun, we may have... Read More →
Trish Burt, Convener, Neighbours Not Strangers. Dear Byron Shire Councillors and Staff, Reference your Ordinary Meeting held on 24 August 2017, specifically the Mayoral Minute No. 8.1 File No: 12017/1016 – Establishing a Tourism Council Advocacy Alliance, and specifically:- Opportunities... Read More →
Trish Burt, Convenor, Neighbours Not Strangers. On the subject of tourist/visitor letting, Byron Shire Cr Paul Spooner believes ‘we need…to convince the state government to change’. He misses the point completely. It’s local councils who must be mandated to enforce... Read More →
Highlighting the need for action on the increasing tourist pressure on Byron Bay, Councillor Paul Spooner was featured the ABC as part of a program looking at the increased pressure that short term rentals are putting on the housing market and infrastructure.
NSW MPs have been invited to a special event at Parliament House on Thursday where Airbnb employees and ‘selected super-hosts’ will ‘advise them on home sharing and the visitor economy in NSW’, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
An estimated 1,500 homes zoned residential now let full-time as tourist accommodation. A Labor and Green councillor reject plan by former mayoral candidate Matthew Hartley to shut down ‘illegal’ holiday letting.
Gerd Modlich, Byron Bay One has only to stroll through the Byron CBD to realise there is a lot of money in the pockets of our visiting tourists. So what is all the fuss Byron Shire Council management is making... Read More →
D Haydock, Suffolk Park I’ve previously suggested that Byron Shire Council should introduce a bed tax. I’ve now been told that this is not allowed by the NSW government. If this is true, then may I suggest this. All houses and... Read More →
Angela McDermott, Suffolk Park. Dear Falls Festival, when are you going to stop calling Yelgun, Byron Bay?
Controversial Byron shire councillor and property-agency owner Rose Wanchap would be banned from being a councillor under a Labor plan ruling out developers and real-estate agents from being local councillors.