Council supports Cumbalum project
THE rezoning of land that will facilitate the largest residential development in the Ballina Shire for the next 30 years has been approved by the council.
Cumbalum Precincts A and B, north of Ballina, will house about 9000 people once fully developed.
Both rezoning proposals were approved at yesterday's council meeting.
The councillors also voted to receive a report on the long-term upgrade options for Ross Lane, along with possible funding sources.
The Office of Environment and Heritage will also be asked to renew its maintenance program for the drainage system within the Ballina Nature Reserve, which has lapsed.
But Cr Sue Meehan said she was concerned approving Precinct B would stop "south to north" progressive development, a policy which the council had long supported.
"We will get a pimple of development around Ross Lane," she said.
"We have not got enough information about the whole Ross Lane area to make this decision."
But Cr David Wright, who moved the motion for approval subject to addressing sound and safety issues at Ross Lane, said he was happy with the steps that would be taken.
"This has been on the books for a long time, and I am pleased that we are moving forward with it," he said.
Mayor Phillip Silver said the rezoning of the land had been the biggest issue for at least the last term of council, and possibly even the one before.
"Yes, I was intimidated by the size of the project," he said.
"But I think it's good planning to know where development is going to be."
The rezoning of Precinct A and B is subject to a voluntary planning agreement with regard to future infrastructure delivery obligations and the designing of an effective stormwater management system.