Submissions close today for Boambee East planning proposal
BOAMBEE East residents are being urged to put in a submission today to Coffs Harbour City Council about the MI Organics planning proposal.
Public submissions close today on the Hamilton Dr planning proposal by the landscape supplies company, which provides justification for rezoning 1 Hamilton Dr at Boambee East.
Some of the land involved is currently zoned for environmental conservation and some for residential use.
The proposal includes changing the zoning of 1.6ha of land from low-density residential to industrial and changing the shape of the land zoned for environmental protection and slightly increasing its area, from 1.29ha to 1.36h.
If approved by the Department of Planning, the proposal will benefit the MI Organics operation, which has grown in size since it was established there in 1988 and has expanded outside its original industrial zoned site of 0.55 ha into land zoned for other purposes.
The MI Organics operation currently occupies 1.49ha of the 3.2ha site, which is beside Boambee Creek
Some Boambee East residents say the proposed rezoning would simply reward a business which should have moved on to a larger industrial zoned site in another location.
They are also concerned that the site is not appropriate for long-term use by MI Organics, given long-term concerns over waste water from the site running into the adjacent Boambee Creek, which is popular with recreational users for swimming and fishing.
In August, a majority of Coffs Harbour City councillors agreed to advertise the planning proposal, which is accompanied by a voluntary agreement and vegetation management plan.