Massive rezoning to be explained
BALLINA Shire Council will host an information session in Lennox Head next week about a proposal to rezone hundreds of hectares of land for new residential developments.
If approved, the two precincts at Cumbalum would provide more than 3300 dwellings and could house 9000 people, making it the biggest residential development in the shire for the next 30 years.
With some residents and councillors raising concerns about the proposals, council has decided to host an information session at the Lennox Head Cultural and Community Centre on Saturday, March 10 at 10am.
Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce president Louise Owen, who is also running for council at the September elections, has urged people to attend.
"It is the biggest rezoning that has ever occurred in the Ballina Shire and will explode our popu- lation by more than double in a very short space of time," Ms Owen said.
"This does not include all the current land already available for residential buildings which, in itself, will bring another 4000 to the immediate area of Lennox Head.
"The two new townships will have their own shopping centres, so this will not advance our business community.
"In fact it will create much more crowding in Lennox, which in turn sends people away; not to our businesses.
"This is very significant."
The proposals - known as Cumbalum A and B - are currently on public exhibition.
The decision to exhibit the rezoning plans came after repeated requests from the Department of Planning and Infrastructure.
Council's strategic services group manager, Steve Barnier, said the plans had been in the pipeline for many years, and information sessions had already being held at the Tintenbar Hall as far back as 2006.
According to the council's strategic services group, Precinct A has the capacity to accommodate about 850 dwelling units and a population of 2300.
The much-larger Precinct B is 473ha in total and could accommodate 2500 dwellings and 6700 people.
That is equivalent to the current population of Lennox Head.
Cr Jeff Johnson said the community needed the opportunity to hear about the proposals and what they would mean for the future of the region.
"They represent the largest rezonings that the shire has had for at least a generation."