The master plan for the Iron Gates development at Evans Head is ready for comment. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
The master plan for the Iron Gates development at Evans Head is ready for comment. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Master plan for Iron Gates is open for community feedback

IRON GATES at Evans Head is back on the table with the draft Master Plan for the subdivision to be publicly exhibited from today for community feedback.

The plan includes 176 residential lots and four public reservers with fire trails.

The Department of Planning and Environment has assessed the proponent's master plan and determined that it meets the requirements of the State Planning Policy on coastal protection policy and can go on exhibition.

Mix of zonings

The land has a mix of zonings, from general residential, primary production, environmental conservation and environmental management under the Richmond Valley Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2012.

The land proposed to be developed for residential purposes is already zoned as general residential land by the Richmond Valley LEP. No additional residential land is proposed.

"The Department recognises the environmental and cultural value of the Evans Head site, including its location on the Evans River, its native vegetation, wetlands and rainforest, as well as the places of Aboriginal cultural significance present on the land," a spokesperson for the Department of Planning and Environment said.

Future development guide

"If approved, the proponent's draft master plan would provide a guide against which future development applications can be assessed by the local council or other consent authority."

As part of the assessment of the draft master plan, the department will take into consideration the NSW Government's proposed coastal reforms, which aim to make the management of NSW coastal areas simpler and more strategic.

Planning Minister Rob Stokes announced draft reforms in November last year and a three month public consultation period is currently underway.

Key outcomes to be met

If the Master Plan was to be endorsed, future developments on the site would need to meet zoning laws as well as key outcomes of conserving water quality, stormwater management and minimising impacts on the surrounding environment.

Public access to waterways and the quality of the urban design would also need to be considered.

"The community is encouraged to take a look at the plans and provide feedback," the spokesperson said.

"The Department takes the submissions received into careful consideration when assessing plans and making decisions."

The draft Master Plan will be publicly exhibited for 28 days from Monday, 1 February 2016.



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