Supermarket rezone decision to go to State government

AN APPLICATION to rezone land needed for the Maclean supermarket will most likely go to the State Government for a decision.

Clarence Valley Council's environment planning and community committee has voted for the council to seek the approval of the Minister for Environment and Heritage for the rezoning.

This became necessary when the proponents for the supermarket, Metcash Food and Grocery Pty Ltd, submitted a revised plan for the supermarket earlier this year. The council had approved a combined planning proposal and development application for an elevated supermarket with car parking underneath in 2013.

Mayor Richie Williamson said the council, which owned the land to be developed, wanted to keep the decision making on the rezoning "at arm's length".

"That's the reason for seeking the minister's approval," he said.

Cr Williamson said this was a long-awaited resolution of the council to see the development of a supermarket in Maclean.

"This is the first of a few approvals regarding the zoning of land," he said.

One of those will be to rectify a zoning anomaly brought about by a land swap between the council and Maclean Bowling Club several years ago.

The plan is to rezone three lots making up 3 Centenary Dr, lots 1-3 Morven St and 1 Argyle St, plus part of Cameron Park to accommodate the change of plan for the supermarket.

The council claims the revised plan, proposing a single storey structure moved eastward to straddle part of the existing Centenary Dr car park and a proposed car park on the northern section of Cameron Park, is a "significantly better planning outcome".

The report claims it has less visual impact, takes up less land from Cameron Park, integrates better with the CBD, makes it more usable for pedestrians and provides better access for customer and service vehicles. Cr Williamson said this step, should the minister agree, was very important to Maclean getting its long-awaited supermarket.

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