Coffs Harbour CIty Council ALLOW private Short term holiday lettings NOW!

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If you live on the Coffs Coast, you live in an area with not only one of the highest unemployment rates in the country but also one of lowest median household incomes in Australia.

So things can be tight and you’ve decided to do something about it by short term letting that spare room for some much-needed extra income.
The money that you earn and your guests spend in our community benefits everyone and more options for tourists means Coffs becomes a desirable and affordable destination for more. Many would congratulate you for your initiative and that outcome.

Indeed Andrew Fraser MP our local NSW Parliamentarian is calling on pensioners to open up their homes to supplement their incomes according to a recent article ( pictured) in the Advocate.  Now this is allowed under the current R1 Zoning but only under a strict definition of a Bed and Breakfast and only by way of a Development Application to be submitted to Council for approval.

Coffs Harbour City Council are now pursuing everyone using platforms like airbnb as this is “unauthorised use” of your premises. Only big businesses are approved for zoning to allow tourist and visitor accommodation.
If Council can change these regulations for developers and big business seemingly at will, then why not for individuals? Or is it time to change this Council?

Coffs Harbour will lose the Years 9, 10 and 11 OzTag Championships in 2019 as insufficient accommodation was available to host this year’s competition.  Surely our city’s interests would be better served if Council encouraged residents to open their homes, via sites such as Airbnb, to ensure our tourism market increased, not deceased.

The allocation of zoning, for example, to land in Korora and its immediate surrounds, Zoning R1, General Residential, only appears to have been allocated by Council to land used by businesses such as Aanuka Beach Resort, Pacific Bay Resort, Ramada Resort, Opal Cove Resort, Pelican Resort, Nautilus Resort and Aqualuna Resort, allowing those businesses to carry on the business of “Tourist and visitor accommodation”, etc, with Council consent in residential areas.

Why is this “Reidential” Zoning denied to residential premises also wishing to provide tourist and visitor accommodation and thereby enhance Coffs Harbour’s attractiveness as a tourist destination?

R1 Land Zoning, defined by the Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan 2013 as:

“Zone R1   General Residential

1   Objectives of zone

•  To provide for the housing needs of the community.

•  To provide for a variety of housing types and densities.

•  To enable other land uses that provide facilities or services to meet the day to day needs of residents.

•  To encourage the provision of appropriately scaled tourist and visitor accommodation and tourist-related development in locations where it can be adequately provided with services and where the scale and intensity of the development does not detrimentally impact on adjoining, predominantly residential land uses.

•  To support active and safe mixed uses at street level compatible with residential living.

2   Permitted without consent

Building identification signs; Home-based child care; Home occupations

3   Permitted with consent

Attached dwellings; Boarding houses; Camping grounds; Caravan parks; Centre-based child care facilities; Community facilities; Dwelling houses; Eco-tourist facilities; Emergency services facilities; Entertainment facilities; Environmental facilities; Environmental protection works; Exhibition homes; Exhibition villages; Flood mitigation works; Food and drink premises; Function centres; Group homes; Helipads; High technology industries; Home businesses; Home industries; Hostels; Information and education facilities; Kiosks; Markets; Multi dwelling housing; Neighbourhood shops; Passenger transport facilities; Places of public worship; Recreation areas; Recreation facilities (indoor); Recreation facilities (outdoor); Registered clubs; Residential accommodation; Residential flat buildings; Respite day care centres; Roads; Semi-detached dwellings; Seniors housing; Service stations; Shop top housing; Signage; Tourist and visitor accommodation; Veterinary hospitals; Water supply systems.