Sapphire decision not popular
IT has taken three years to make a decision and still no one is happy.
Coffs Harbour City Council on Thursday reluctantly approved four multi-unit buildings to be constructed on a site next to Sapphire Pines at Sapphire.
The applicant, Rod Wilson, says it has cost him and his partners close to $400,000, including paying rates for three years on a vacant block and two trips to the Land and Environment Court.
He says those who built units earlier are now opposed to others doing the same in the area and the delay has cost ratepayers about $80,000.
Neighbours David and Jeane Dodd, the closest and most seriously affected by the proposal, say in spite of some modifications to the original plan they will still lose their sunshine in winter when it is most important to them.
The Dodds say the councillors, who approved the development 5-4, have bowed to threats of Land and Environment Court action.
Mr Wilson said the council had been held to ransom by objectors. There were 10 objections to the proposal by neighbours.
Coffs Harbour City councillor Rod McKelvey said although the developments complied with the development control plan and the LEP, the design, bulk and scale was 'unreasonable'.