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.
Last week the NSW Parliament passed legislation that would amend the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act to remove the role of Councillors from determining development applications, among other things, under Part 4 of the Act. These functions will be required to be undertaken by an independent panel of experts called a local planning panel.
The State government has proposed changes to the planning framework affecting schools and child care centres. A draft State Environmental Planning Policy has been prepared and is currently on exhibition for public comment until April 7.
Background to Review of EP&A Act
In 2012/13, the State Government underwent an extensive review of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). This included a Green Paper in 2012, a White Paper in 2013 followed by a Planning Bill 2013 – Exposure Draft presented to Parliament. The Bill failed to become legislation partly due to sustained community objection to a number of reforms, including the proposed introduction of what was called “code assessable development”.
Council has resolved to exhibit a draft Section 94A Development Contributions Plan 2016 to replace the current Section 94A Development Contributions Plan 2012. Section 94A Contributions are payments made by persons undertaking development work to help fund the provision of public facilities.
Today, the Department of Planning and Environment announced draft changes to the Housing Code.
The State Government is undertaking a review of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. This marks a renewed attempt by the Government to make amendments to the Act when in 2012/13 an extensive review and consultation process was undertaken. This included a Green Paper in 2012, a White Paper in 2013 followed by a Planning Bill 2013 – Exposure Draft presented to Parliament. The Bill failed to become legislation partly due to sustained community objection to a number of reforms, including the proposed introduction of what was called “code assessable development”. This current review will revisit some of the areas for reform that had community and stakeholder support but not areas that were significantly objected to.
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.