Debate needed on Kyogle rezoning plan

KYOGLE vet Joe McErlean is keen to get people talking about an industrial estate proposed for land at the southern gateway to town.

Mr McErlean is the first to admit he is dead set against an application before Kyogle Shire Council to rezone the land, which adjoins his grazing property.

However, his immediate concern is to encourage people with all points of view to make a submission to the council about the rezoning application.

“I am against it on basic town planning principles, but I just want to get some decent debate happening,” Mr McErlean said.

The rezoning application went on public display yesterday and the council is accepting public submissions until November 25.

Mr McErlean said an industrial zone on the site had the potential to decentralise Kyogle's CBD and make life harder for local retailers.

He said the land was flood-prone and therefore had the potential to pollute the Richmond River.

Former councillor Peter Lewis will be also making a submission to the council on the proposed rezoning of land, which is currently used to grow organic soybeans.

Mr Lewis said another proposed industrial zone on the north-east side of Kyogle was a much better bet.

The council recently approved an addition to its Interim Development Order to further the process required to rezone the 16-hectare site, bounded by Kyogle Road and the Kyogle-Murwillumbah Road.

Mr Lewis said he could understand why the owner of the southern site was keen to develop the land.

“Rezoning will increase the value of the land, but it does so at a cost to the community,” he said.

“The State Government has said prime agricultural land is sacrosanct; this land is highly fertile and impossible to replace.”



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