Council resubmitsplanning proposal

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

LISMORE City Council has been given another chance to plead its case to the State Government for more residential land.

Councillors John Chant, Brian Henry, Ros Irwin and general manager Paul O'Sullivan travelled to Sydney two weeks ago to meet with the State Minister Assisting the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Diane Beamer.

The delegation was hoping to convince the minister to allow four blocks of land to be rezoned for residential development and included in the council's Urban Release Strategy.

But the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources would only give the go-ahead for the rezoning of one site unless other land already approved for subdivision was excluded from the strategy.

Council was left with a choice between land at either Invercauld Road, Trinity Drive, Tucki Tucki, or the North Lismore Plateau.

Cr Henry said the department's decision was simply not good enough.

"We wouldn't accept that," he said.

"They used a forecast for future demand for land that was based on data from ten years ago, when we were experiencing a flatter time ... we predict future growth of 1.5 to 2 per cent."

The council has since been given another 30 days to resubmit their proposal to State Government.

Cr Henry said it was vital for more residential land to be made available for sale in Lismore.

"One of the points we presented to the government was that releasing land in Lismore would take the pressure off the coast," he said.

"It's a much more affordable option inland."

The North Lismore Plateau, Tucki Tucki and Invercauld Road sites are currently controlled by groups of owners while the Trinity Drive site is owned by the Catholic Church.

Council staff will spend the next fortnight perfecting their next proposal to present to the State Government.

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