Good evening fellow Nine Milers,
First up many thanks to the DSRA for their enormous efforts in getting this space up and running. I sincerely hope it will become a special space for democratic deliberation.
The draft planning scheme for Dolphin Sands proposes that visitor accommodation be restricted to within existing buildings only.
I suggest the community be given the opportunity to discuss changing this. One major possibility for people on the Nine Mile to become independent economically and/or subsidise their income is to allow construction of a second (or more?) building as a holiday rental on their block.
The ability to make a living is a first principle that should never be denied a community as long as it fits with the amenity and environment of the area. We all have large blocks, particularly on the DS end, with nooks and crannies everywhere amongst the dunes and gums for chalets to be hidden away without unduly disturbing the amenity or environment.
The cut off date for Community submissions is 12th march 2018. However, this public consultation is an informal and early opportunity for the community to provide input into future stages of preparation of the Local Provision Schedule (LPS). So we may miss the March 12 deadline for a collective response, but it seems there will be more opportunities down the track which the community and it's association should grab with two hands. Therefore, it maybe good to formally begin a community conversation about this issue. The draft planning Local Provision Schedule can be found here (no hyper link I think you may have to cut and paste into your browser):
The provision I have issue with is A1 (a) within GSB-P1.5.2 Visitor Accommodation. I do NOT have issue with the primary objectives set out a,b,c, as follows:
Objective: That Visitor Accommodation: (a) is of a scale that is compatible with the character and use of the area; (b) does not cause an unreasonable loss of privacy; and (c) does not impact the safety and efficiency of local roads or rights of way.
So far so good, but the following point I do have issue with.: A1 Visitor Accommodation must: (a) be accommodated in existing buildings.
I believe stand alone visitor style chalet accommodation that is cleverly designed to achieve amenity and environmental integrity within the objectives a, b and c is entirely achievable and the current revision of DS planning code should capture that. It would be good to hear other people's thoughts on this topic.