Lismore may get more residential land

By WILL JACKSON

LISMORE City Council is considering a proposal to release 175 new blocks of land for residential development.

A report presented at Tuesday night's meeting suggested the lots could be redistributed to three areas.

These were: Invercauld Road, Chilcotts Grass/Tucki and the Southern Cross University Military Road site.

The controversial North Lismore Plateau area was omitted from the recommendation by council staff.

Under the proposal, the 175 new lots would be reallocated from 350 earmarked for the Trinity Drive area.

The first stage of the development at Trinity Drive would still go ahead if the plan was adopted.

The council voted to defer the matter so more information could be gathered and councillors could undertake a site inspection and workshop.

Earlier this year, the NSW Government refused to allow council to free-up more land for housing.

The NSW Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources suggested that land could be made available for development through a staged release.

While canvassing interest in the proposal, the council asked landowners to assess the minimum number of lots they would require to make development feasible.

They also asked for estimates of the infrastructure costs required to develop the land.

A report by council staff on the North Lismore Plateau submission suggested that speedway noise and the cost of sewerage, road and water works made the site less attractive for immediate development than the other proposed areas.

After the plan was deferred, Cr Graham Meineke moved a motion that the council assess the constraints on undeveloped residential land.

He said there was more constrained land in Lismore than the DIPNR believed.



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