Path to foreshore is a path to assure floors
By BREE PRICE
A RELIEVED Chris Condon expects construction on his $25 million Anchorage Point development at West Ballina to begin later this year.
Ballina Shire Council has agreed to amend the zoning on the Burns Point Ferry Road site to permit the awaited 41-unit residential complex as long as Mr Condon complies with several conditions.
Those conditions include the construction of a 3.5 metre public walkway through the development to allow foreshore access and the setback of buildings from neighbouring buildings.
Mr Condon said he would comply with the conditions and expected to be given the go-ahead by the end of June.
Ballina Shire Council acting general manager Paul Hickey said the development application would be determined by the general manager under delegated authority.
"Council staff can approve it if it complies with all relevant planning controls," Mr Hickey said.
Mr Condon said he would spend eight weeks working out construction costs before any work on the site commenced.
"I'm relieved because this process has taken nearly four years," he said.
The development was stalled in 2003 after exposed and submerged land was found to be contaminat- ed with tin products, requiring a lengthy and expensive clean-up.
Mr Condon said he also altered the plans to suit the neighbourhood amenity.
"I've been comfortable and happy to work with council officers and neighbours to ensure the project didn't inhibit the amenity," he said.
"It's a good result for all concerned."