Changes to rules about tourist accommodation in rural areas

Submissions close Friday 21 April 2023.

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Are you thinking of using your rural property for tourist accommodation?

We’d like your feedback about these proposed changes:

  • Introducing a 15-hectare minimum lot size requirement for development of tourist and visitor accommodation such as bed and breakfasts, farm stays and holiday cabins in the RU1, Primary Production and RU2, Rural Landscape zones.
  • Reducing the maximum number of farm stay accommodation bedrooms from 12 to 8.

Why are we considering the changes?

The changes are the result of a review of:

  • Planning controls in the Byron Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2014 and Byron Development Control Plan (DCP) 2014 Chapter D3: Tourist Accommodation.
  • Development Applications received since 2014 for bed and breakfasts, farm stays and holiday cabins.

The review found:

  • Smaller sites were being over-developed.
  • Conflicting land use outcomes for conserving and improving the environment.
  • Development Applications (DA) for rural tourist and visitor accommodation have not always been entirely consistent with the objectives of the rural zones.
  • The need for improved consistency in the DA assessment of amenity and road safety impacts.

As a result, we are aligning controls:

By locating future accommodation on suitably sized sites, the changes aim to help balance:

  • tourist accommodation
  • agricultural activities
  • environmental repair
  • infrastructure planning.

In relation to this planning proposal Council is designated as the local plan making authority.

Have your say

Consultation is open until Friday 21 April 2023View the Exhibition Documents:

Within the DCP Chapter, proposed changes are identified as red text. Deleted text is identified with strikethrough. 

Please provide your feedback using the online form.

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