The NSW Independent Planning Commission (IPC) has announced the dates for its hearing into Byron Shire Council’s Short Term Rental Accommodation (STRA) Planning Proposal.
The public hearing will be held from 21 to 23 February 2023. The IPC is currently accepting submissions from the public, with the closing date for submissions being 2 March 2023.
“This IPC hearing is the opportunity for Commissioners and the NSW Government, to hear directly from Council, stakeholders, and our articulate and informed community about their views on short term rental accommodation and its impact on the Byron Shire,” said Byron Shire Mayor, Michael Lyon.
“Our desire to see STRA limited to 90 days in the majority of the Byron Shire is balanced and reasonable.
“This is about mitigating the impacts of short term rental accommodation on permanent rental housing supply, as well as preserving the amenity and character of our towns and villages and communities.
“I believe it will also allow for a diverse and sustainable base of tourist accommodation to support our economy,” Mayor Lyon said.
“This is about finding a balance for our community, our businesses and the STRA sector where our community comes first, where visitors have somewhere to stay, and where workers, including those who service the tourism industry, have somewhere to live,” he said.
Information about making a submission or registering to speak at the public hearing is on the IPC website.
People can also register to speak at the hearing. Registrations opened on Monday 16 January and will close at 5pm on Friday 10 February.