Anchorage Point units to double
By Dawn Cohen
Chris Condon will build 41 units in his Anchorage Point development ? more than double the council's original expectations.
Ballina Shire Council approved a reclassification of the old marina development at 75 Burns Point Ferry Road from low density to medium density at its general meeting on Thursday.
Mr Condon's 2002 application for the rezoning of the land to residential use proposed a low-density development of only 16 dwellings.
The promise of a public foreshore promenade and a subsequent $200,000 payment for two previously public jetties sweetened council approval.
But in October last year, Mr Condon's new plans depicted 41 double-storey dwellings with a swimming pool, a jetty and three pontoons for 24 private craft.
The exhibited plans were deliberately confusing, according to Denis Magnay, spokesperson for Water Inc, a community group aimed at protecting public access to the waterfront.
"The building encroaches on the riverfront boundary in contravention of government guidelines," he said.
"The plans were not clear about how much.
"A submission from the Department of Lands reported the moorings contravene previous agreements. They could limit amateur fishing on the foreshore."
However, Ballina mayor Phil Silver argued the decision before council was only about the number of dwellings, not about the private marina.
Mr Steve Connelly, a spokesman for Mr Condon, said there were few submissions opposing the develop- ment. He dismissed Water Inc as being jaundiced against Mr Condon.
Mr Magnay denied the allegation, claiming Water Inc opposed all developments restricting public access to the river.
Crs Rich and Howes recorded against the decision.
Cr Peter Moore had to absent himself from the debate following a newly-introduced Department of Local Govern- ment model of conduct.