The Independent Commissioners appointed by the Queenstown Lakes District Council have released their recommendations on the provisions of the Council’s Proposed District Plan (PDP) relating to short-term visitor accommodation.
Under the initial notified version of the PDP, owners of properties in low and medium density residential zones were only permitted to rent their properties out short term for up to 28 days per year. Any more than that would require resource consent from the Council as a non-complying activity.
The Commissioners however are now recommending that for visitor accommodation up to 90 days per year, the Council cannot decline consent, and between 90 and 180 days per year will be a restricted discretionary activity which is a lesser burden on applicants to obtaining consent than if the activity was non-complying. This is a significant change.
We believe it is important for people to obtain resource consents for visitor accommodation as it will assist property values.
Please contact the expert resource management team at TODD & WALKER Law for assistance with your resource consent application.