LOOKING GOOD: Mike Dougherty looks over the site of proposed development of the extension of Junction Hill.
LOOKING GOOD: Mike Dougherty looks over the site of proposed development of the extension of Junction Hill. Daily Examiner/Adam Hourigan

Developers seeking re-zoning approval

DEVELOPERS have taken their first formal steps to have a proposed 1000-lot residential subdivision at Junction Hill approved.

Land owner and developer Mike Dougherty has lodged an application with the Clarence Valley Council to rezone the 155 hectare area on the northern approaches to Junction Hill to allow the development to proceed.

Much of the area is now zoned Rural (Urban Investigation) Zone and it is proposed that the whole site be rezoned to Village Zone, except an area of 'Park Residential' in the north east corner of the site. There are two areas that have been identified as vegetation corridors and it is intended that they will retain their rural zoning.

Mr Dougherty said substantial preliminary work had already been done, including comprehensive discussions with representatives of the Clarence Valley Council, government agencies, existing residents and the Aboriginal community in an effort to address any potential problems before the application was lodged.

“There shouldn't be too many dramas,” Mr Dougherty said.

“It should be good for the town in the long term.”

He said, however, that because of the current economic climate, development might not proceed immediately.

The council is taking written submissions on the application until 4pm on June 15.



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