Cheap housing approved in priced out town
A HOUSING development bringing affordable living to Mullumbimby has been given the green light.
The Koho development in Stuart Street was approved by Byron Shire Council in June, but it received a lot of objection from the community.
Council's legal coordinator, Ralph James, said an agreement had been reached with the developer at a compulsory Land and Environment court Conciliation conference this week.
"The development application has gone from 10 units and five car parking spaces to eight units and four car parking spaces,” Mr James said.
"Two of the units will be kept in perpetuity for 'affordable housing' as defined under the NSW State Environmental Planning Policy.”
The conciliation conference was held on site on January 24. Presided over by a Commissioner of the court, submissions from a number of objectors were heard.
Mr James said amendments to the original plan and advice by council's external experts allowed a way forward for both parties to sign the agreement allowing the development to go ahead.