West Yamba subdivision gets Clarence council DA approval

DEVELOPER David Mitchell's 15 lot subdivision at 138 Carr's Creek Drive in West Yamba has been approved by Clarence Valley Council.

CVC deputy general manager Des Schroder said on Tuesday night that the project was different to the main development of about 1100 houses proposed for the area.

He also said the filling issues in terms of getting that area above a one-in-one-hundred-year flood level were still to be worked through.

Mr Schroder said the project was "a bit of a one off because it's zoned rural residential."

That means the blocks have to be a minimum of 5000 sq m which leaves room for Mr Mitchell to install individual septic tanks on each of allotments.

He also said the sewage for the individual blocks would have to be built at a one-in-twenty-year flood level in line with State Government environmental regulations.

Mr Mitchell said he was "relatively happy and relieved to reach the end of what has been a long process".

He said it would be a little while before ground could be broken as there was still "a whole lot things to weigh up and work out".

Mr Mitchell was concerned at Cr Margaret McKenna's back flip on his development application.

As chairman of the Environment, Economic and Community committee, Cr McKenna voted in favour on October 9 but at Tuesday night's ordinary council meeting, she voted against it.

"I can't fathom what could have changed her mind but inconsistency like that would scare the hell out of any developer in town," said Mr Mitchell.

Concerns have been raised by local environmental group Valley Watch about the larger development in West Yamba regarding the potential environmental impacts on the area as well as the fact the land is flood-prone.



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