Controversial Yamba Hill DA given green light
By Emma Cornford
After more than 10 months in the hands of Clarence Valley Council, a development application to build a block of units on Yamba Hill was yesterday approved.
Developers can now proceed with construction of a four-storey unit block on Henson Lane. The issue generated heated debate among councillors yesterday, with councillor Doug Mackenzie, a Yamba resident, arguing that the development was against the 'spirit' of council's development control plan (DCP).
He said problems with the development included a lack of view sharing, overshading adjoining properties, a lack of privacy for neighbours and parking and traffic issues.
But a lack of legal grounding for halting the development because of those concerns resulted in a vote of 5-4 in favour of the application.
"This application complies with everything legally ... and what we think on an emotive level doesn't matter because legality is what will rule this," councillor Terry Flanagan said.
Mayor Ian Tiley said council would urgently look at amending the DCP to avoid problems with development applications in the future.
"We do not want to be in this difficult situation again (so) we need to see this DCP rectified ASAP," he said.