Council is reviewing the Shoalhaven LEP provisions relating to Tourist & Visitor Accommodation and has provided a questionnaire to obtain community feedback.
Here is a set of recommended answers based on the presentations overwhelmingly endorsed at Forum meetings –
Q5. Do the existing provisions in the LEP 2014 adequately respond to current trends in tourist & visitor accommodation development?
Answer: No, there are significant loopholes that should be addressed
Q6. Is the existing tourist & visitor accommodation group term appropriate or should all specific terms be nominated in the LEP?
Answer: Choose ‘Other’.
If other, please provide an example.
Answer: The group term should be restricted to business & residential zones and removed from rural and environmental zones.
Q7. Should a specific land use term be created for tourist cabins?
If Yes, where should tourist cabins be permissible?
Answer: In rural zones, provided a definition and Clause 5.4 controls are also added.
Q8. Is inappropriate tourist development being undertaken in rural and environmental zones?
If Yes, what does this look like and how can it be resolved?
Answer: Tourist cabins the size of residences being sited on ridgelines on the escarpment. Applications for hotels and function centres characterised as eco-tourist facilities. Resolve with a local clause in the SLEP.
Q9. Should tourist development in zones RU1 Primary Production and RU2 Rural Landscape, be restricted to just Bed & breakfast accommodation and Farm stay accommodation?
Answer: Yes, it should be restricted, as it is in more than 80% of NSW council LEPs.
Q10. Should eco-tourist facilities be allowed or prohibited in the RU1 and RU2 zones? Allowed? Prohibited?
Answer: Allowed, but only if the number of bedrooms is restricted to 7 or less as it is for Farm stay and Bed & Breakfast accommodation.
Q11. Would a local tourist & visitor accommodation clause in the LEP, specific to Shoalhaven, be helpful? For example – such a clause could relate to scale, design, location, amenity and visual impact.
If yes, what key points should the clause address?
Answer: The issues raised by the Berry Forum.
Q12. Does allowing the subdivision of tourist development in rural zones create any issues?
Answer: Yes. Applications for five or more cabins can be used to obtain a sub-division by stealth.
Q13. What key tourist & visitor accommodation controls should be included in the review of Chapter G15: Tourist and Visitor Accommodation of Shoalhaven DCP 2014 to address the current trends in tourism development?
Answer: Controls can only be effective if they are included in the SLEP. DCP ‘Controls’ are perceived only as discretionary guidelines by the L&E Court.