CVC swings into action

By EMMA CORNFORD

A DEVELOPMENT planned for the Grafton District Golf Club in Bent Street, South Grafton, will soon be the focus of a Clarence Valley Council precinct plan for the area.

Two formal rezoning applications, concerning developments at the golf club and on land owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, were received by the council in late 2005. Mayor Ian Tiley said the applications were still being assesed by council.

The proposed developments attracted bitter opposition from many residents in the area.

One of those residents, Jenny Dewar, said she had heard nothing from council for six months.

"When we approached them, a lot of the councillors were very supportive of the fact that we built on land that was zoned as semi-rural and it should stay that way, but we haven't heard anything else in ages," she said.

"I would be supportive of any precinct plan that takes into account residents' concerns, as well as the pre-existing development in the area and the nature of that development."

Council said it expects the precinct planning process to take around six months.

The golf club's chief executive officer, Tony Everingham, said he was glad something was finally being done to progress the developments.

"To be honest, I'm surprised that it's been delayed for such a long period of time ... but it sounds as if this will mean an even longer delay," he said.

"At the end of the day it's good that they're finally looking at it, because I think the council put it in the 'too hard' basket for quite some time."



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