CVC to delay West Yamba decision

CLARENCE Valley Council is likely to delay by about six months its decision on the future of the draft local environmental plan (LEP) for West Yamba. The engineering committee yesterday put forward a recommendation to next week's full council meeting to defer the decision on the controversial residential development near Yamba's Carrs Drive. The decision would be delayed while council waits for the results of a floodplain risk management study and completion of a floodplain risk management plan. Councillors yesterday considered the LEP when adopting recommendations as part of the Grafton and Lower Clarence floodplain risk management plan. Council's executive manager of floodplain services, Ian Dinham, said there should be a floodplain risk management plan done before any land was rezoned. "The North Coast regional development strategy states that land rezoning should not be approved unless it is consistent with a floodplain management plan," he said. Mayor Ian Tiley moved an amended motion on the Grafton and Lower Clarence floodplain risk management plan to include a study into the West Yamba development, which was seconded by Cr Jim Simmons. Cr Tiley said he was motivated by a duty of care in making the amendment. The amended motion states council will defer a decision on the West Yamba LEP until completion of the Yamba floodplain risk management study and the floodplain risk management plan, which will take an estimated six months to complete. The director of planning and environment, Rob Donges, said the motion passed by councillors to have a consultant prepare a floodplain risk management plan gave some indication as to when a decision would be made on the DA.



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