Pac Hwy business zone is unchanged
A PUSH to change the business zonings along the Pacific Highway between Beryl and Orlando Streets was resolutely defeated at last Thursday's Council meeting.
Cr Rodney Degens spoke at length to his motion to change the current zoning from B-6 to B-4, claming the current zoning was threatening the viability of current businesses by limiting their futures.
"What we're talking about here is business density and development opportunities being wasted," Cr Degens said.
He cited Council's refusal of the Midway Motel redevelopment into a 5-star resort, and its rejection to the new Justice Precinct on the corner of Beryl St, as examples of the need to change the zoning to B-4.
"The current zonings are threatening the viability of current business by limiting their futures.
"As a result developers, and movers and shakers are moving their focus to places like Port Macquarie.
Cr Jenny Bonfield was very passionate about her opposition to the motion, describing Cr Degen's arguments as naive and smacking of pecuniary interests.
"It is contrary to what the community wants," Cr Bonfield said.
"This is ad hoc planning. Its not looking at the big picture and its not looking at how our precincts interact with each other.
Cr Bill Palmer also spoke against the motion.
"North of Coffs crerek things have happenned which should never have been allowed to happen," Cr Palmer said.
"Any more retail west of the highway would be crazy."When Cr Degen's motion was put to the vote he was the only councillor to support it.