Casino prepares for boom
By RACHEL SCOLLAY
IT SEEMS more and more people want to live in Casino, and the Richmond Valley Council is making sure there's enough land to satisfy demand for the next 20 years.
The number of building approvals for every type of residential development in Casino has skyrocketed since 2001 ? increasing by almost 300 per cent between 2001 and 2002, and by 200 per cent each year since.
Director of development and environmental services, Ken Exley, said with the dramatic growth it was appropriate for the council to put out an urban release strategy.
He said Casino's 10,000 population was projected to increase to just under 14,000 in the next 20 years. However the true picture probably wouldn't become clear for the next five years.
"Who knows with the baby boomers and what's happening with this tree change phenomena," he said.
Meanwhile if current development rates continued, all available urban land was expected to be taken up within the next two years.
As well as pinpointing land for future urban development, the land release strategy also identifies commercial and industrial land, both for now and for later, he said.
"We're ensuring there will be land available for industry to come to Casino," he said.
The strategy also allowed for some medium-density housing, which was a first for Casino.
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