Bonville transformation gets nod
THE green light has been given for the start of the transformation of Bonville into a major rural residential hub for the city.
The NSW Department of Planning has endorsed the Coffs Harbour City Rural Residential Strategy (2009) to allow planning for the Stage One Bonville release area to progress.
Council’s manager of land use planning Clyde Treadwell said it was an important milestone.
“It is the first of many hurdles but a very significant one,” Mr Treadwell said.
“What it means is that council can give priority to investigating areas identified at Bonville for rezoning and can now begin undertaking major and specific studies in conjunction with landholders to determine which areas can be subdivided,” he said.
Mr Treadwell said he anticipated flora and fauna, bushfire, flooding and traffic studies would be under way by the end of the year.
“Normally we levy Section 94 levies at the end of the process but in this case we are taking a different tack.
“We will soon be contacting landholders within the priority areas to invite them to co-fund the studies.
“It will be completely voluntary but already some property owners have said they will be happy to co-operate and contribute.”
Stage One of Bonville release area covers just over 440 hectares of land in several parcels.
They include 125 hectares of land either side of Pine Creek Way from Lyons Road up to and including the Bonville Golf Resort; 150 hectares fronting North Bonville and Yarraman Roads; 32 hectares at the top of Cassidys Road; 29 hectares either side of Butlers Road; 27 hectares either side of Williams Road; 26 hectares on the southern side of Gleniffer Road east of the Crossmaglen turnoff; 16 hectares at East Bonville Road and almost 12 hectares of land between Braford Drive and Crossmaglen Road.
Mr Treadwell said landholders can view the strategy on council’s website or buy CD or hard copy versions at the administration centre for $15 and $32 respectively.
“We could have the first new rural residential blocks at Bonville within two to three years,” he said.