Since late 2015 the number of short term holiday rentals listed in Mosman (such as Stayz and Airbnb) increased from 200 to over 430. Council continues to receive enquiries from Mosman residents and property owners on this issue, with concerns about amenity impacts as well as questions about permissibility.
What has changed?
This amendment revises the LEP in respect of archaeological sites by in Schedule 5 Environmental heritage:
In recent years, the growth of key web and app-based sharing platforms such as Airbnb and Uber have emerged as the two key examples of a new “sharing economy” in which people can rent out houses, rooms, beds, cars, parking spaces and other assets directly from each other, co-ordinated by the internet. While the emergence of the sharing economy has benefited consumers and provided individuals with easy new ways to make money, these new unregulated services introduce new challenges.
A planning proposal is the means by which an amendment to Mosman Local Environmental Plan 2012 may be made. These are prepared by Council and submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment for approval to exhibit.
Over the last 18 months, we have been reviewing the zoning of bushland areas in Mosman currently zoned RE1 Public Recreation with a view to rezoning suitable sites to E2 Environmental Conservation.