The development of the Draft Council Leasing and Licensing Policy (Draft Policy) demonstrates Council’s ongoing commitment to managing Council’s leasing portfolio in a responsible, transparent and equitable way. This Draft Policy is intended to replace the existing Community Leases Policy (2006 Policy) which was adopted in 2006 at a time when many of our community groups did not have a formal agreement with Council. It was primarily endorsed to provide a strict time frame of six months to negotiate a lease.
In the intervening 13 years all occupiers of Council land and buildings have had a lease (or licence) with Council. Currently 94% of all occupiers of Council property have a current agreement. The remainder are in overholding, pending current negotiations or are being held over for strategic reasons. The major goal of the 2006 Policy was clearly achieved.
Over this period of time our tenant base has developed from community groups to now include commercial organisations and telecommunications companies. Council is now a tenant itself in a number of instances. Whilst the 2006 Policy has provided guidance for officers over the past 13 years, it is timely to review and update this.