McLeans Ridges rezoning application sparks opposition
By Patrizia Reimer
JANET ALLEN is one of about 150 McLeans Ridges residents who have come out against a rezoning application before the Lismore City Council.
The mother of two organised a community rally on Thursday night to discuss the rezoning, which she says would destroy the rural hamlet's quiet feel and potentially turn it into a satellite suburb of Lismore.
"It is so important we treasure and preserve the natural beauties that surround us," she said.
"This proposal is totally inconsistent with existing development in the area. It's totally out of character with anything here."
The rezoning of land off Cameron and Roseview roads would allow for rural residential development of up to 100 allotments, with plans for the future development of a further 40 blocks.
Council's executive director of Development and Governance Lindsay Walker said the area was identified under the rural residential strategy in 2002 as suitable for development and that a rezoning application was the first step towards possible development.
"This is part of the process that started a long time ago," he said. "I think their concerns are all relevant and real and valid."
Cr Ros Irwin said the residents had a right to be worried. "I personally feel the Cameron Road development is not a good development," she said.
"There's no upgrading at all of the Boatharbour Road, which is where a lot of the people will probably access Cameron Road."
Public submissions close on May 28.