Yamba decision time


AFTER more than a decade of deliberation, the controversial West Yamba residential development will again be put to Council.

But this time there may be a resolution, despite the Department of Planning rejecting changes to the zoning plans made by Council at the November meeting.

At that meeting, Council approved a reduction in lot sizes and riparian zones and the rezoning of a five-acre plot of land from environment protected to residential.

Although the reduced lot sizes were accepted by the Department, meaning more residential blocks could be built at the site, the other changes were not.

Councillor Chris Gulaptis, who pushed for the changes at the November meeting, said it was disappointing that the Department didn't go with the original changes.

"But you roll with the punches," he said.

"This will obviously be a full council decision, but in my opinion it's taken too long for this to go through so I'd like to see it wrapped up or at least getting into the final throws of things.

"I think trying to push through more change will just delay the process even further."

CVC manager of strategic planning Dave Morrison said his department would recommend that the Council adopt the changes so the plans can go on public exhibition.

"After it goes on exhibition changes can still be made, depending on public submissions ... but this is a complicated issue so it's hard to speculate about what the final outcome will be."

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