By SALLY GORDON
A REQUEST to rezone land to accommodate a proposed extension to the iconic Yamba Cinema has been approved by the Clarence Valley Council.
Owners of the singlescreen cinema have asked council to rezone lots 13 and 14 on Coldstream Street from 2(b) Residential (Medi- um Density) to 3(a) Business.
The land rezoning will enable the proposed development of the site, which involves retaining the existing theatre, building two new, smaller theatres (104 and 47 seats), erecting a new foyer entrance and a coffee shop.
The three-storey development also will include four residential units, an office, caretaker's quarters and basement car parking.
Cinema owner Debbie McCredie said council's approval represented the start of the formal planning process, which would be followed later by government and community consultation.
"The plans have all been drawn up as far as they can be without State Govern- ment's approval," she said.