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Mixed response to Nambucca land plan

REGIONAL planner, Greg Yeates, described the latest version of the Nambucca Shire's Draft Rural-Residential Land Release Strategy as an 'albatross' that left no room for future changes in planning and community needs.

Mr Yeates, who is the team leader for regional planning with the NSW Department of Planning, was addressing a works meeting of the council in Macksville yesterday.

Affected landholders were also at the meeting.

At the council's March 20 meeting the council resolved to prepare new maps for its strategy to incorporate land that was set to lose its rural-residential zoning.

Resident Joy Sheather said the impacts of the original proposal would have had traumatic social impacts.

"Land already affected by the preferred Pacific Highway Upgrade is to be back-zoned, thus losing all its current (rural-residential) entitlements," Mrs Sheather said.

"The land will be hugely devalued and landholders who had planned to subdivide for their future income and/or retirement fund will lose the true value of their asset."

The new map identifies more than 3550 hectares of rural-residential land, or 89 years supply based on current identified demand.

"The Department believes a 10-year supply is adequate," Mr Yeates said. "Other land can be rezoned later as things change."

Cr Sue Nash said it was common sense that land bought on the understanding it could be subdivided should not lose that zoning.

"I have no problem with having lots of rural-residential land I won't be changing any zonings," Cr Nash said.

Cr Rhonda Hoban said the strategy did not make the loss of the rural-residential entitlement clear.

"Once this zoning is lost, no-one can guarantee they will get it back," Cr Hoban said.

"If that's what the Department wants, fine, but it must be made clear in the document."

The council's director of planning, Greg Meyers, said current quota restrictions meant even now landholders had no guarantee subdivision applications would be successful.

After the meeting Old Coast Road resident, Greg Clarke, said he was encouraged the council viewed the strategy as an unresolved ongoing process, but was disappointed to see the degree to which overbearing State Government directives are guiding future shire development.


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