Second PHACS draft
COFFS Harbour City Council’s troubled Draft Priority Habitats and Corridors Strategy 2010-2013 will be considered by councillors at tomorrow’s meeting.
Staff are seeking approval to release the second consultation draft of the PHACS for public exhibition for a further 28 days.
The second draft also presents revised draft PHACS mapping and recommends a process to translate this into the draft standard instrument local environment plan.
There are changes to vegetation controls in various categories of land in the second consultation draft and an ‘easy-to-read’ executive summary has been included ‘highlighting most of the major issues, including the significant changes’.
Staff are anxious that delays in the PHACS process will hold up the SI LEP and are recommending that the environmental categories and overlays of the revised draft mapping layers be submitted to the Department of Planning for the purpose of progressing the SI LEP.
They are suggesting any subsequent changes arising from the new public submission be incorporated into this planning and referred back to council about July 22 for formal adoption. Staff said the Department of Planning’s deadline for the provision of proposed environmental zones was June 2010.