Nambucca council strategy endorsed

NAMBUCCA Shire Mayor, Cr Rhonda Hoban, announced this week that the Department of Planning has endorsed the Nambucca Shire Rural-Residential Land Release Strategy.

This will permit the council to again accept development applications for rural-residential subdivisions within the short-medium term release areas of the Shire, identified in the Strategy.

The Strategy was prepared in accordance with the Department of Planning's Settlement Planning Guidelines.

During the public exhibition of the draft strategy, the council received a large number of submissions which resulted in some significant changes being made which were ultimately supported by the Department of Planning.

A number of difficult decisions had to be made by the council to ensure that the strategy would be supported by the NSW Department of Planning, the mayor said.

While the endorsement of the strategy is good news for the council and for the many landowners within the short-medium term areas, it is still pursuing the Department of Planning to permit the zoning of all existing areas currently identified where rural-residential development may be considered as R5 Large Lot Residential in Council's new Local Environmental Plan, with its release to be in accordance with the endorsed strategy.

A meeting with the Minister for Planning, Kristina Keneally was held yesterday in Sydney for this very reason and the council says it hopes the Minister will agree to its request for the R5 zone over all the area previously identified as rural-residential.

A copy of the final endorsed strategy, and specifically Map 23 which identifies the short-medium term areas, is available for viewing and download on the council's website www.nambucca.nsw.gov.au or copies are available for purchase from the Council Administration Centre.



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