Council will vote on a proposed new estate at North Boambee Valley West.
Council will vote on a proposed new estate at North Boambee Valley West. Rob Wright

Planning tops list at council meeting

COASTAL hazards, Woolgoolga town centre, North Boambee Valley, on-site sewage and graffiti - planning looms large at tomorrow's Coffs Harbour City Council meeting.

The proposal for North Boambee Valley West has taken another step forward with rezoning approval from the state government and the results of public exhibition for the proposal.

The implications of the council's repudiation of its Priority Habitats and Corridors Strategy biodiversity planning work are already playing out.

The office of Environment and Heritage asked for the North Boambee Valley (West) proposal to be revised to include sub-regional corridors linking areas in the valley westwards to Roberts Hill and southwards to the council's Resource Recovery Facility. This request was denied due to the council's earlier decision.

At its last meeting the council reinforced its refusal to acknowledge the mapped corridors by moving to adopt a revised Biodiversity Action Strategy which deleted references to Landscape Corridors.

The strategy now runs counter to state government efforts to link areas of threatened habitat by corridors to help preserve dwindling biodiversity.

Meanwhile planners are recommending the council's draft coastal hazard planning controls should not be put into force until further notice, because of the NSW government's proposed coastal management changes, which are on exhibition until February 29.

Coffs Harbour has 79km of coastline and public submissions on local coastal planning policies attracted 111 submissions.

The coastal township of Woolgoolga is also in the councillors' sights this week, with a peer review of drafts of the Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan and Woolgoolga Beach Reserve Plan of Management.

A key recommendation from design review consultants Lat27 was that the entry to Woolgoolga Beach Holiday Park be relocated from Beach St to Wharf St.

A major development for Park Beach will be noted by councillors this week, as the 11-storey residential development at 123 Park Beach Rd will be considered by the Joint Regional Planning Panel on December 17.

The proposal, which includes 44 residential units, car parking on three levels and common recreation facilities including a pool, has an estimated cost of more than $20 million.

The development, which will replace a motel, will have an eight-storey tower on top of a three-storey podium building.

Other items on tomorrow's agenda include outdoor dining charges, a graffiti management policy, an on-site sewage management strategy and a contract for a reinforced concrete Rhodes Bridge.

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