Council rejects $10 million modular home estate for G'bah

LISMORE City Council has unequivocally rejected an 'unclear' DA from Queensland developer Aarian Pty Ltd for a $10 million Modular Bio Village and Community Farm, which included a 578 dwelling pre-fab estate in sprawling Goonellabah.

A couple of days before Christmas, a DA was lodged by Aarian for a 74.5 hectare development on the corner of Oliver Ave and the Bruxner Hwy, opposite the Pineapple Rd subdivision land and adjacent to the new roundabout.

The proposal is being pursued under SEPP 36 for Manufactured Homes rather than a rezoning from rural, and was the subject of a DA pre-lodgement meeting in November last year.

Manufactured Homes zoning can include caravan parks and modular home estates.

The council's manager development and compliance, Peter Jeuken, said the proposed development site was located outside an area included in the adopted Growth Management Strategy (GMS).

"Details of the proposal differs from what was previously presented to Council," he said.

"The documents supporting the DA (although voluminous) lack substance and did not adequately address the relevant issues and NSW planning legislation to enable public notification of assessment process to be commenced in accordance with relevant planning legislation.

"There is a considerable amount of work required to bring the DA documents up to the required standard to enable the assessment process to commence. It is most likely the application would have sat in abeyance (without public notification) for a considerable period of time while the relevant matters were addressed."

Mr Jeuken said the proposal was unclear as to the nature or extent of development consent sought from Lismore City Council.

"The application form refers to a 'manufactured home estate and associated community building and community farm' yet in other supporting documentation, the proposed development is described approximately 578 Manufactured Home sites to be developed over 20 stages," he said.

The application has not been accompanied by necessary and essential documentation or plans required by the provisions of schedule 1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 to enable proper assessment of the application.

Aarian did not return phone calls and so could not confirm whether it would be resubmitting the $10 million proposal.

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