City of Stirling changes local planning scheme to cover short stay accommodation operators

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PEOPLE who advertise accommodation on Airbnb will soon be able to operate in City of Stirling’s local centres after council changed its local planning scheme.

Council adopted an amendment to its Local Planning Scheme No.3 to allow short term accommodation in local centres, particularly between Trigg and Watermans Bay, at last month’s council meeting.

For multi-storey properties fronting a road reserve, ground floor accommodation would not be permitted to ensure active ground floor uses were retained.

This amendment will be referred to the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti for final approval.

A draft access and parking policy, which includes a requirement for two car bays per dwelling, will be advertised and reported back to council at the November 28 committee meeting.

The previous scheme did not permit short stay accommodation properties in local centres unless an application was put forward to council and was granted planning approval.

The report also said the change would increase tourism, economic vitality of local centres and bring more services to existing residents.

A WAPC spokeswoman said there were many factors that could impact timeframes.

“In general, the WAPC has 60 days to consider standard amendments – as per the Planning and Development (Local Planning Scheme) Regulations 2015,” she said.

“A recommendation is then provided to the Planning Minister for consideration.”

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