A Viridian Resort unit owner wanted to lift a ban on permanent residency.
A Viridian Resort unit owner wanted to lift a ban on permanent residency.

Ban stays on permanent residency at Noosa resort

AN ATTEMPT by one unit owner of a Noosa resort to remove the ban on permanent residency has been rejected by the Noosa Council for fear of setting a precedent.

But planning consultant Bob Borger, speaking for the Viridian Resort unit owner, believes council is ignoring a previous relaxation at another resort that should have paved the way for his client being able to have longer stays at the Noosa Hill accommodation complex.

The application went before councillors last week with the contention from the owner "that the change is consistent with the condition applied to the Noosa Springs approved resort".

Council development assessment co-ordinator Kerri Coyle, in her report, said the proposed change was not consistent with the short-term visitor accommodation designation under the Noosa Plan.

"The proposed change is also inconsistent with the Noosa Plan which identifies this site as one of several key sites in Noosa to be protected for resort development, given the importance of tourism to Noosa's economy," Ms Coyle said.

"While the proposed change may not result in any significant impacts, approving the change is likely to result in other resort unit owners seeking similar concessions and there are no grounds in the community's interest to approve the application."

Ms Coyle said Noosa Springs had been given approval under the Superseded Planning Scheme.

"The Superseded Planning Scheme lacked a use definition specific to short-term visitor accommodation," she said.


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