Council meets on South Urunga subdivision
A LONG-awaited decision on a proposed 239 lot residential subdivision in South Urunga will be made by the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel this month.
A development application for the 85.5ha site was lodged to Bellingen Shire Council in August, 2014, and also outlines construction of new roads and other infrastructure.
Bellingen Shire councillors will today discuss the proposal including making a submission to the NJRPP prior to its determination.
The land forms part of the South Urunga Investigation Area that was rezoned in 2010 in line with the Mid North Coast Regional Strategy's designated growth areas.
Bellingen Mayor Mark Troy has previously described the proposal as a "welcome boost to the shire's ratepayer base."
NJRPP's determination will include consideration of an environmental impact report that states the land contains "a number of environmental assets".
They include endangered ecological communities, wetlands, and she-oaks that provide habitat for the glossy black-cockatoo.
The plans follow several failed development proposals for the site - including construction of a Catholic High School.
If approved, the development is expected to take place in three stages commencing with the demolition of a former truck depot on the site.
Approval of the plans comes under the authority of the NJRPP due to its scale and coastal location.
The panel will make its determination following a visit to the site on April 27.
Residents and interested parties are invited to attend today's meeting at Bellingen Council Chambers from 8am.
Visit The Advocate's website for images of the proposed development site.