Condon ?rushed? through council

By DAWN COHEN

AN environmental group has accused Ballina Shire Council of favouring developer Chris Condon.

At a council meeting last Thursday, Denis Magnay, president of WATER, a community group protecting public access to Ballina waterways, accused the council of allowing Mr Condon to queue jump procedure.

Mr Condon wants the old marina site at 75 Burns Point Ferry Road rezoned to medium density, to facilitate his proposed development of 41 apartments.

Its current low density zoning allows for less than half that amount.

Council voted to support the joint public exhibition of both the rezoning and the development application.

According to Mr Magnay, council usually decides on a rezoning application before development application plans are exhibited.

"This is queue jumping to help the developer make a few million more dollars," he said.

"It is not about orderly planning for community needs.

"Why are special privileges given to this developer over anyone else?"

Mr Magnay believes medium density development would be more appropriate closer to the CBD.

"This development is four kilometres from the CBD. He (Mr Condon) is going to hurt people who bought here, thinking they were buying on the edge of town," he said.

Cr Keith Johnson argued that simultaneous exhibition implied an intent by council to proceed with the applications.

"We are asking too much of the public all in one hit," he said.

Rod Willis, group manager of regulatory services, denied their is anything unusual about a concurrent public exhibition.

"An advantage is that people can see the development before preparing their submissions," he said yesterday.

Chris Condon declined to comment.



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