Golf course land zoned for housing
By TOBY WALKER
PLANS to create a residential subdivision on the Grafton District Golf Club have been boosted with the Clarence Valley Council's in-principle support of an application to rezone the land.
Councillors at this week's monthly business meeting in Maclean unanimously supported the club's application to rezone the 10th and 11th holes for 23 low density residential homes.
But councillors stressed during the meeting that the decision to proceed to the next stage by creating a draft local environment plan (LEP) did not translate into an endorsement for the project.
Mayor Ian Tiley advised councillors he had received several approaches from owners of land adjoining the golf course who had expressed opposition to the subdivision plans.
Cr Joy Mathews said she felt uncomfortable that residents opposing the development had an opportunity to meet councillors during a site inspection earlier this month.
Cr Shirley Adams agreed, saying she felt council had not done the right thing concerning public consultation in light of well-publicised opposition to the development.
Council's planning director Rob Donges told councillors that a decision had been made by council management to open the issue up for debate once the draft LEP had been put up for public exhibition.
"Just because we endorse the rezoning application it doesn't mean we endorse the subdivision proposal and I think it's critical people understand that," he said.
Grafton District Golf Club general manager Tony Everingham said the club was happy with the council's decision after such a lengthy internalconsultation process amongst its members. "We've been through a fairly long process already and now we can advance the plan to a stage of consultation where the concerns of the neighbours can be formally dealt with," he said.
Several residents were approached for comment but were unavailable.