Landowners feel ?let down? by council



FINALLY, the public will be able to see what all the fuss is about.

It's been over a decade since development was first mooted in West Yamba, and since then the plans have gone back-and-forth from CVC to the NSW Department of Planning (DOP).

But now the project is entering its final stages.

And by the end of the month the general public will be able to see what exactly has been going on, after CVC's environment and planning committee voted yesterday to recommend to the full council that the draft LEP be put on public display.

Council is expected to accept the recommendation at its meeting next week.

However all is not well in Yamba, after the DOP rejected changes made by council to the draft LEP.

But the committee agreed that the time had come for the plans to be displayed and voted unanimously to exhibit the draft.

Council had requested changes to the width of the riparian zone running along Oyster Channel and the rezoning of some environment protection land.

West Yamba landowner Rex Tory, who made a deputation to the committee, said the council had let down landowners.

"The council's let the people down because they haven't given consistency on the rezoning," he said.

Mr Tory said some landowners were also concerned about the independence of ecological reports used to support the rezoning.

Council environment and planning director Rob Donges dismissed those claims and said the time had come for the rest of the community to be consulted about the project.



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