Bid to open up land at Bangalow
By RACHEL AFFLICK firstname.lastname@example.org BANGALOW Chamber of Commerce president Michael Malloy can't remember the last time he saw a 'for sale' sign on a block of vacant land in his neighbourhood.
But that could all change now the long-standing ban on new developments in Bangalow is set to be lifted.
In the late 1990s, the old sewerage plant became overloaded and unable to cope with any more households, a moratorium was placed on further development of the village.
Now the village's new treatment plant is complete, and as many as 200 new building blocks could be created.
The council is already scouting for potential parcels of land to open up.
Byron Shire Council's planning director, Ray Darney, said the council was examining sites on the village fringes, most within walking distance to the town centre, with a view to releasing them in April, 2009, when the shirewide Local Environment Plan was completed.
"There could be some very advantageous house sites there," he said.
Mr Malloy said the sewerage plant was a necessity for the village, but he doubts it will open the door to large-scale development.
Instead, it would be a case of consolidating the village's existing infrastructure, Mr Mallow said.
"The last thing Bangalow needs, or wants, is large-scale subdivisions around it, and I don't think that will happen in this case," Mr Malloy said.
"One of the things I would like to see in Bangalow is more accommodation for visitors who are coming here anyway something that would help us when we have festivals and events throughout the year."
Of course, a handful of vacant land would be also opened up and when it did, Mr Malloy doubted it would stay on the market for long.
Elders Bangalow senior sales consultant Damon Rahmate agreed when the lots were released they would 'sell like hotcakes'.
"We get an average of probably three, four or five people walking through the door or on the phone every day asking if there's vacant land in Bangalow," he said.
"There are never usually more than a handful of properties on the market, and they usually sell pretty quickly. "There is a huge desire for vacant land here."