Rutland St legal appeal on the agenda

COFFS Harbour City Council will consider whether to proceed with a legal appeal over its refusal of a residential subdivision in Rutland St in Bonville North at its meeting tomorrow.

The councillors voted to refuse the subdivision application on February 27 on the grounds that it would result in significant loss of amenity to the neighbourhood and it was inconsistent with the city's Koala Plan of Management.

At that meeting the councillors also voted to progress the zoning review of the land involved, as per a previous council's resolution of June 15, 2006, a resolution which was never implemented.

The applicant, who proposes to develop one Torrens title lot, 13 residential lots and one community title lot at 45 Rutland St, appealed to the Land and Environment Court against the council's refusal on April 4.

A Section 34 (conciliation) conference was due to be held on the site on July 4, which objectors to the proposal were also invited to attend.

Councillors must now consider whether to continue legal action.

Council staff noted that the operational budget did not include provision for these legal costs.

Other matters on the agenda for tomorrow's meeting: the transformation to sustainability project; the Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Award; the development contributions plan for South Coffs; strategies for reducing energy consumption; the Orara River Rehabilitation Project tender and amendments to fees and charges for effluent disposal and council road closure applications.

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