Drilling down on draft city plan

COFFS Harbour residents and visitors are invited to an information forum on the Draft Coffs Harbour City Plan at Club Coffs, at 61A West High Street, on September 21.

The forum will be hosted by the Jetty Action Group.

Members said the Jetty Action Group was the only community group represented on the Community Reference Panel set up by Coffs Harbour City Council to advise on the preparation of the Draft City Plan.

The group is distributing 6000 flyers to publicise the information forum.

The event, starting at 6 pm on September 21, will aim to explain to the community what the 300 pages of planning documentation really means for the City Centre, the Jetty and the Park Beach areas.

“An independent chairperson and expert speakers will seek to unravel the plan and record community questions, comments and responses,” said JAG spokesman Ashley Love.

“Whilst some elements of the plan appear broadly acceptable, some are extreme and even irresponsible and fly in the face of community opinion from past planning programs.

“In a recent period where the focus of the Federal Government policy has shifted from a ‘big Australia’ to a ‘sustainable Australia’, the plans need to be assessed against sustainability criteria and the planned provision of infrastructure.

“Local residents will be keen to know what impact the proposed changes in lot size, height restrictions and building density have on individual properties and localities.”

Expert speakers will also interpret the plan in the context of recent changes in the state coastal policies and increased flooding predictions.

Coffs Harbour City Council and Department of Planning have been invited to attend.

JAG members said the meeting would allow people to find answers to key questions like:

 Is our city wildlife going to be protected?

  Are our valuable open spaces and bushland areas to be conserved?

  What are the proposed changes in building heights and densities?

  What action is planned to deal with coastal hazards and predicted sea level rise?

  Will our foreshores and beaches be protected from excessive coastal development?

  Are adequate infrastructure and services planned?

 Will the character of the Jetty strip and foreshores be retained?

All questions, comments and responses at the meeting will be recorded and distributed to participants to assist in responding to the plan, Ashley Love said.

Contact Ashley Love ph 6651 9620 or 0488 699 339.

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