Council revisits subdivision bid
AN application for a 60-lot subdivision in Gulmarrad which includes major road construction will go before Clarence Valley councillors this week.
The development application was deferred at last year’s November council meeting, as it was being appealed in the Land and Environment court for deemed refusal.
The commissioner was informed by both parties that council had deferred the matter and both parties requested that the Section 34 conference be adjourned until after tomorrow’s council meeting.
Commissioner Brown urged that council make every endeavour to determine the matter at the February meeting, saying if it was not resolved he would have no alternative but to set it down for a hearing.
The 60-lot subdivision proposal, which included construction of a loop road and two cul-de-sacs, was lodged with council in April and proposed clearing or modification of approximately 97 per cent of the site. The site constitutes part of the Tyndale wildlife corridor and when the application was lodged contained significant flora and fauna habitat.
Nine objections have been received in regards to the revised plan of the subdivision, with residents concerned that the proposed clearing will threaten native wildlife, lose Aboriginal significance and destroy the wildlife corridor.
The officer’s recommendation is that councillors approve the subdivision subject to conditions.