City of Wanneroo to seek public comment on short term accommodation law

City of Wanneroo to seek public comment on short term accommodation law

A LOCAL law to regulate holiday home accommodation in the City of Wanneroo is out for public comment until February 23.

The council recently agreed to give six weeks’ statewide and local public notice of its proposed short term accommodation local law.

The law will regulate properties rented out to six or fewer guests, requiring owners of those properties to register with the City.

The November 14 decision referred the amendment to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and planning and sustainability director Mark Dickson said public consultation would take place after the City received EPA approval.

“This is anticipated to occur during January,” he said.

“The draft Short Term Accommodation Local Law will be advertised concurrently with the District Planning Scheme 2 (DPS 2) amendment for a period of 42 days.”

Its aim is to ensure the use of those houses “does not have an undue impact on the residential amenity of the district”.

“Once registered, should the short term accommodation provider not comply with the terms of its registration, the City can initiate compliance actions,” a November council report said.

The report said the City followed the City of Fremantle’s approach and was generally supportive of short term accommodation proposals.

“The City’s tourism strategy identifies that there is a current lack of tourist accommodation throughout the City,” it said.

“Short term accommodation is an opportunity to address this shortfall, and to benefit the local economy by having visitors stay in the local areas.”

However, the report said there should be controls in place to ensure the accommodation was managed appropriately and did not disrupt amenity through “excessive noise, anti-social behaviour, increased parking demands and traffic generation”.

When registering, owners have to pay an application fee, which Mr Dickson said had not yet been set, as well as provide a floor plan of the building and contact details of the owner or manager.

Penalties for failing to comply with the local law range from $500 to $5000.

At the same meeting, the council agreed to initiate an amendment to DPS 2 to add the definition of short term accommodation as temporary accommodation of up to three months.

The changes will also include adding definitions for holiday accommodation and a holiday house, with the latter referring to single dwellings on a lot that provide short term accommodation but exclude bed and breakfasts.

Both would be discretionary uses in most zones, including residential, mixed use, business, general and special rural, but not permitted in civic and cultural, industrial or rural resource zones.

For more on public consultation, see the City’s website.

Quinns Rocks holiday home approved

THE Wanneroo council has approved a retrospective change of use to a Quinns Rocks residential property to a holiday house for up to 14 people at a time.

At their December meeting, elected members unanimously agreed to give conditional approval for 242 Ocean Drive, which has been used for short stay accommodation since 2007.

The December 5 report said the property, called ‘Le Chateau d’Ocean’, was advertised on Airbnb and Stayz.

It said an adjoining owner had lodged several complaints about noise “including shouting, screaming and loud music” and anti-social behaviour at the house between November 2016 and April 2017.

Following the initial complaints, the City advised the owner that if he wished to continue using it as a holiday home rental, he needed to seek retrospective planning approval, which he did.

“The applicant has provided a management plan to minimise and prevent noise and anti-social behaviour impacts on adjoining properties,” the report said.

“The applicant has advised that guests typically consist of a family or a group of families.

“Guests are required to agree to the code of conduct prior to their booking being confirmed.”

The report said the house could accommodate a maximum of 14 guests, and there was parking available for up to eight cars in the garage and on the driveway.

The council approval is valid for one year, after which the landowner will have to renew the approval.