Minister approves Yamba rezoning

THE NSW Minister for Planning has approved the residential rezoning of Yamba’s last available land release at West Yamba.

Clarence Valley Council was notified this week of the local environmental plan approval ‘with minor modifications’.

The plan will take effect when the approval is posted on the NSW legislative website as early as today. Minister for Planning Tony Kelly said he had approved the rezoning.

It includes around 124 hectares of land zoned urban residential with the potential to deliver 1200 lots – approximately 60 hectares of land zoned rural residential with the potential to deliver around 110 lots – and 116 hectares of land zoned for environmental protection purposes.

“West Yamba has been designated for residential use in council’s strategic planning since 1995, and is also identified as a release area in the NSW Government’s Mid North Coast Regional Strategy,” Mr Kelly said.

Mr Kelly said he had made amendments to the council’s plan, which would help protect the local environment.

“I have introduced a 10-hectare minimum subdivision standard for the residential habitat environmental protection zone, up from the council’s proposed two-hectare minimum subdivision size,” Mr Kelly said.

“This will ensure there is improved protection for key environmental areas, such as sensitive paperbark forest and remnant rainforest areas.

“Development has also been prohibited along an identified drainage corridor, which will assist water flow across the site.”

He said that due to the extremely large size of the floodplain around the development site, it is expected that any filling would have a negligible or no impact on local flooding patterns.

Dougherty Bros Pty Ltd owns around 10 hectares in West Yamba with the potential for 100 residential blocks under council’s draft LEP.

“This is much needed land in Yamba and although the biggest hurdle (approval) has been overcome, it will be some time before we see land available,” Jim Dougherty said.

Council will now have to formulate a development control plan for the area and pressure will now be on to upgrade the town’s sewerage system.

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