Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) is going ahead with a new law to allow people to occupy caravans in other people's backyards, with no specific council approval required.
The council decided to proceed with the new local law after an initial public survey revealed 91% support for the proposal among respondents. The early poll attracted 614 answers and resulted in 91% of the respondents answering "yes" to the question.
“The new law proposes that the landowner not be allowed to charge for the site and that only one temporary home be permitted per backyard.”
Respondents who were in favour had various opinions about what would be a suitable term of temporary residency, stretching from one week to one year.
Given the current housing crisis, many of the "yes" respondents said the region should allow more options for temporary and affordable accommodation.
Other survey respondents had a different view and cited possible adverse impacts for neighbours (e.g. unsightly caravans and unwanted noises and smells).
The subsequent public submission period, which finished on 28 May, asked for submissions on the proposal to allow "the occupation of temporary homes on wheels (e.g. caravans) on other people's properties for 42 days in any 52 week period, without requiring an approval".
There was also a proposal for special leeway in compassionate circumstances.
MBRC will review the public feedback before drafting the proposed law later in the year.
The new law proposes that the landowner not be allowed to charge for the site and that only one temporary home be permitted per backyard.
Current local laws only allow the occupation of a temporary home while residents are building or substantially renovating a permanent residence or when a family group wishes to stay for up to four days.
For more information about the proposed new law, visit https://yoursay.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/local-laws-review