Bounty decision still up in the air

Shoalhaven City Council will decide On Tuesday whether to extend the permission for the Bounty Motor Inn at Bomaderry to continue as a crisis accommodation centre.

Shoalhaven City Council will decide On Tuesday whether to extend the permission for the Bounty Motor Inn at Bomaderry to continue as a crisis accommodation centre.

SHOALHAVEN City Council’s development committee has recommended refusing an extension to short-term emergency accommodation at the Bounty Motor Inn at Bomaderry, saying it would not be in the public interest.

But rezoning of the area under the Shoalhaven Local Environmental Plan might still allow the it to operate.

The report, by general manager Russ Pigg and director of planning and development services group Tim Fletcher, highlighted noise impact, trespass and other antisocial behaviour.

The report said the proposal would be incompatible with the adjoining and adjacent residential areas and present an unacceptable risk to the health and welfare of residents of the motel due to the lack of professional support and management services.

The report said the application to amend the development consent failed to demonstrate suitable and effective on-site management systems have been or would be implemented to adequately monitor, minimise and control events caused by the antisocial and unruly behaviour.

The continued use of the motel for short-term emergency accommodation by families would be inappropriate due to the lack of basic facilities, such as outdoor recreation space and safe areas for children to play in, the report said.

The Bounty Motor Inn is zoned B5 - Business Development under Shoalhaven Local Environmental Plan  (SLEP 2014) and in that zone, boarding houses, hostels and hotel and motel accommodation are all permissible land uses with council consent.

The report said should the Bounty operator wish to continue with providing temporary short-term emergency accommodation, the use would fall within the new definition for motel or hotel accommodation, without the need for further planning approval from council.

In that case, the only guide in terms of length of stay is the three-month threshold set by the definition of a boarding house.

The report is due to go before the committee on Tuesday afternoon.

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