Council weighs up West Yamba future

THE future shape of Yamba will come into clearer focus after a meeting of a Clarence Valley Council committee tomorrow considers zoning options for west Yamba.

The council's environment, economic and community committee will consider a report by council staff that urges a prompt decision on the west Yamba draft local environment plan.

Staff have told councillors in a written report that development of west Yamba is problematic in the sense that the area has a number of planning constraints.

“On the other hand, it represents the last opportunity for Yamba's spatial growth and hence has significant implications for the town's social and economic development,” the report said.

“A definitive decision on the matter should not be delayed further so that the community and development industry have some degree of certainty over Yamba's ultimate growth and in order to allow infrastructure planning.

“The draft LEP is recommended for approval on the basis that it is staff's view that the range of planning issues can be adequately managed through the LEP and particularly through the development control plan requirements of the LEP.

“It is considered that the draft LEP balances the range of complex and at times competing issues and is consistent with State Government requirements.”

As part of their consideration of the draft LEP, the councillors will also consider a Yamba Floodplain Risk Management Plan, which is also to be presented to the meeting.

That plan says that while flooding issues are an important consideration for the development, a decision 'will need to balance a range of issues that include non-flood related issues as well as the flood related ones'.

“While previous coarse level modelling and the recommended flood related measures indicate that the development could proceed with minimal impact on other areas, the key issue for that planning consideration will be whether, on balance, risks and uncertainties are warranted in light of other planning merits.”

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