Council puts off vote on land release

By Nerida Blok

Landowner Paul Armour is happy Lismore City Council is rethinking its latest land release plans for future housing.

The controversial North Lismore Plateau area ? where Mr Armour owns land ? was omitted from a council staff recommendation on land release needs for the city.

The Lismore City Council voted at Tuesday's meeting to revisit a staff recommendation to release 175 new housing blocks across the Invercauld Road, Chilcotts Grass/Tucki and Southern Cross University Military Road areas.

Mr Armour said the deferral would give some landowners more time to submit additional information about their development proposals.

"I do not see this as a setback whatsoever," he said.

"It gives them (councillors) two months to actually review and reassess the currently zoned residential land, with particular refer- ence to council-identified constraints on that land.

"I am hoping that councillors will finally understand that the current urban strategy won't deliver a positive outcome for this city."

Council strategic planner Bruce Blackford said the State Government placed limits on the amount of new land available for housing.

He said the Government had set a 350-lot limit for Lismore.

"So the question council needs to determine is how that 350 lots would be distributed," he said.

Mr Blackford said 175 of those 350 lots had been earmarked for an area off Trinity Drive.

However, he declined to be drawn on the specific reasons for the omission of the North Lismore Plateau area from the staff recommendation for the remaining 175 lots.

"A lot of things are taken into consideration," he said.

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