PLEASE NOTE: In order to comply with fire safety rules, seating is limited to 250 inside the venue and approximately 100 in the overflow area outside where the livestream will be played. To ensure everyone’s safety, the venue requires people interested in observing the Public Hearing in person to obtain a free ticket through the venue’s website. To register please click here https://bit.ly/40nSK4e. Seats will be allocated to ticket holders on a first-come-first-served basis each day, with last-minute tickets available at the venue’s box office. If you have registered to speak in person at the Public Hearing via the Commission’s website, you do not need to obtain a ticket for the day you are speaking.
The NSW Independent Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on 21 and 22 February 2023 on:
• housing and rental affordability and rental availability in the Byron Shire
• the local economic contribution of the Short Term Rental Accommodation industry
• the Byron Shire Council’s proposal to cap Short Term Rental Accommodation in parts of the Byron Shire.
The Minister for Planning has asked the Commission to hold the hearing and prepare advice to the Minister and the Department of Planning and Environment to inform decision-making on the Council’s proposal and on housing and rental affordability and rental availability in the Byron Shire more generally. The referral letter from the Minister to the IPC and other relevant documents can be found here
Commissioners Dr Sheridan Coakes (Chair), Professor Richard Mackay AM and Juliet Grant have been appointed to the Panel.
The Commission will conduct the Public Hearing over two days – in the Byron Shire area at Byron Community Centre (69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481). The Hearing will also be livestreamed and registered speakers will be able to participate either in person or via online videoconference or telephone.
Anyone wishing to have their say at the Public Hearing must pre-register on the Commission’s website. Registrations will open on 16 January 2023 and close at 5pm AEDT on Friday 10 February 2023.
The Commission has access to all previous submissions made to the Byron Shire Council on the planning proposal. However, written submissions can also be lodged using the ‘Have Your Say’ portal on the Commission’s website: www.ipcn.nsw.gov.au/have-your-say
. Written submissions will be accepted until 5pm AEST on Wednesday 8 March 2023
Click here to view the livestream via YouTube.