Nambucca Mayor Cr Rhonda Hoban.
Nambucca Mayor Cr Rhonda Hoban.

Growth area rezoned

THE Minister for Planning and Infrastructure has approved rezoning for Stage 1 of the Valla Urban Growth Area.

The 280-hectare lot just north of Nambucca Heads and west of the Pacific Highway around the location of the new Nambucca Heads Pacific Hwy interchange is the first major "Greenfields" rezoning seen in the Nambucca Shire for more than 20 years.

Nambucca Mayor Cr Rhonda Hoban said that within the 280-hectare site, 71 hectares has been identified for industrial, warehousing, commercial and retail use.

This is estimated to provide for up to 250,000sqm in new floor space and approximately 750 to 1250 new jobs.

The area also includes 74 hectare for residential development with a potential for 800 new dwellings and a population of approximately 1900 people.

Cr Hoban said 17 hectares for environmental living along the higher elevated sections of the site for larger lots and eco tourism.

"Most of this all will have great scenic views and a total of 74 hectares has been designated for environmental protection to ensure good management and protection of the heavily vegetated areas, steep slopes and along the water courses," Cr Hoban said.

"As well, 52 hectares will be retained with its current rural zone which will be further reviewed once the new high- way and interchange is constructed."

Cr Hoban said the Valla Urban Growth Area was initially identified in 1995 and the rezoning process commenced in 2007.

"The culmination last week with the minister approving the rezoning will now place the Nambucca Valley in an envious position providing significant investment opportunity to capitalise on lower land and pro- perty prices than other Mid North Coast areas."

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