Council seeks input on green plan

MUCH has changed since Ballina Shire Council updated its local environment plan (LEP) in 1987.

And it’s expected that shifts in attitude and demography will be reflected in a new draft due later this year.

Council’s strategic services group manager Steve Barnier doesn’t see the changes as being overly dramatic.

“The feedback we’ve received is that people want more of the same,” he said.

“As an example, heights of buildings in the Ballina CBD will remain the same where council may approve buildings up to 16 metres high.

“There will also be a continuation of two-storey constructions in residential areas.”

The council has realised, however, that the range of land use, development issues and environmental considerations have changed significantly since the last LEP came into force when The Cosby Show was on TV.

“Council has done a lot of strategic planning already which will carry through to the new LEP,” Mr Barnier said.

“When we wrote our sustainable framework document entitled ‘People, Place, Prosperity: A framework for a more sustainable Ballina Shire 2025’ we implemented a very comprehensive community engagement process and a lot of those key principles will go through to the new LEP.”

Mr Barnier cited the request of some community members for council to commit more land to environmental protection zones.

“What council has tried to do is balance up competing interests,” he said.

“Where farmers have opportunities to farm their own land versus conserving and protecting strands of vegetation.

“We try to apply a consistent rationale although I do expect that the adequacy of environmental protection zones will be questioned.”

Council is seeking comments on it s new draft LEP 2010 until Friday, June 4.

To make a submission go to newlep.ballina.nsw.gov.au, phone 6681 1163 or email newlep@ballina.nsw.gov.au.

The exhibition materials will be on display from March 15 to June 4 during business hours at: Ballina Shire Council customer service centre; Ballina Library; Ballina Community Services Centre; Alstonville Library; Wardell Community Centre; and Lennox Head Library.



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