A building boom in the North Boambee Valley, west of a proposed Coffs Harbour bypass, might not be far away.
A building boom in the North Boambee Valley, west of a proposed Coffs Harbour bypass, might not be far away. Warren Lynam

Next step taken in Valley development

REZONING of a large chunk of North Boambee Valley for residential and industrial development moved another step closer last week with Coffs Harbour City councillors' endorsement of the North Boambee Valley (West) Planning Proposal.

The planning proposal is to rezone parts of the 585ha North Boambee Valley (West) Investigation Area.

The land, 4kms south-west of Coffs Harbour CBD, is bounded on the west by Boambee State Forest and in the east by the proposed Pacific Highway bypass, which crosses Englands Rd and North Boambee Rd.

About 80ha of land in the north-eastern part of the site will be zoned R2 low-density residential, with a minimum lot size of 400sq m and a maximum building height of 8.5m.

There is also a 2.6ha public recreation zone.

There will be an R3 medium-density residential zone along North Boambee Rd, which will also allow neighbourhood scale retail and community uses.

Thirty-seven hectares between Englands Rd and North Boambee Rd will be zoned IN1 general industrial.

Updated vegetation mapping has been used to identify and zone E2 areas for environmental conservation.

The planning proposal will now be forwarded to NSW Planning and Environment and will then go on public exhibition.

The matter was deferred at the November 13 meeting of the council, pending an interactive briefing of the councillors to ensure the planning proposal was consistent with two other new planning documents.

That briefing included presentation of a near-final version of the Boambee-Newports Creek Flood Risk Management Plan and the Stage 1 Land Capacity Assessment Audit of the Local Growth Management Strategy.

Three stormwater retention basins, one large and two small, are part of the plan, although it is unclear exactly when they will be built.

They are expected to be forward-funded by Coffs Harbour City Council, which may have to seek grant funding for the work.

The basins are designed to help mitigate existing stormwater runoff problems for the Coffs Harbour Health Campus, the Pacific Highway and Isles Industrial Estate, as well as compensating for increased run-off from future development in the valley.



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