2260 people, 1000 cars, but no shop?
By HELEN JACK
RESIDENTS of McLeans Ridges are gearing up to have their say at a Lismore City Council workshop tomorrow night to discuss two land sub-divisions under consideration.
The subdivisions, one with 30 rural residential lots on Roseview Road and the other for 67 lots on Camerons Road, would potentially increase the area's population by 400 people to nearly 2260.
Residents are worried a lack of infrastructure in the area has not been addressed in the development applications.
They are concerned this will create social and logistical problems for new and established McLeans Ridges residents.
Resident Noel Parker said McLeans Ridges contained some of the most fertile agricultural land on the Far North Coast.
"I wish the council would realise there are legitimate uses of land other than residential development. I wish they would recognise the agricultural value of this land," Mr Parker said.
He said the expected population increase could bring car movements along Cowlong and Cameron Roads to 1000.
"That is fairly scary and it's not speed-restricted," he said.
"We will become bigger than the villages of Clunes and Bexhill, which both have shops and schools."
At the moment McLeans Ridges has no shop or school with none planned for in the development applications.
Concerned about the proposed subdivisions, residents have held two public meetings and are continually lobbying councillors to have their concerns heard.
Lismore City Council strategic planner Bruce Blackford said a decision on the two subdivisions was yet to be made.
Mr Blackford said the proposals were still at re-zoning stage and the development applications could only be lodged if the rezoning was successful.
"The decision on whether to proceed rests with councillors but that decision will not be taken on Tuesday night."
Mr Blackford said the council had received 97 objections to proposed rezoning of the land and 27 letters of support for rezoning.
Objectors raised issues of increased traffic and its affect on the local road network, loss of rural amenity, the level of community facilities, on-site waste water issues, loss of agricultural land and environmental impacts.