Yamba Motel owners get a setback from council

THE PROPONENTS of a $2.8 million development on the Yamba beachside are frustrated at "non-progressive" attitude of some Clarence Valley councillors.

One of the family consortium of owners, David Mayne, said unless they can reach a compromise with council they will have to resort to refurbishing the existing eight rooms of the motel.

A development application to demolish the existing motel and replace it with a 12-room boutique motel incorporating a footpath cafe and rooftop terraces was knocked back 5-4 at Tuesday's council meeting.

Most of Mr Mayne's family live in Yamba and he said they wanted to create a contemporary building that would enhance the appearance of the neighbourhood.

Council staff recommended approval of the development that included a payment of $34,120 in lieu of two parking spaces it needed to comply with council regulation, subject to conditions to overcome other areas of non-compliance.

This was not good enough for Cr Sue Hughes who was adamant the developer must go back to the drawing board to address issues of building height, landscaping, parking spaces, building setback and overshadowing.

Other councillors were not so adamant.

Mayor Richie Williamson said it was only the issue of setback that worried him.

He said it appeared the development had room at its rear to move back and that would allow some setback at the front of the building.

But Mr Mayne said this was not the case.

"Every 2.5m we move back, we lose a parking space and we're already two short," he said.

He said his architect was looking at this issue and would discuss it with the council's town planners later this year.

Deputy Mayor Andrew Baker said the decision showed the council was not prepared to back up its pro-development rhetoric with action.

"All the while we're hearing from council that they're pro economic development," Cr Baker said.

"Yet when they get a proposal like this all they can do is find ways to stop development.

"I can understand perfectly the frustrations these people are feeling."



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