Unit owners seek solution
AN APPLICATION to change 10 of the 14 units at Lennox Point Apartments to residential use will be debated for the second time at Ballina Shire Council's meeting today.
The original development application was refused in April this year.
However, the owners are now seeking a review of the decision and have made some changes to the application in an effort to address the issues.
But a report from regulatory services staff found it still does not comply with the council's development plan.
The report raises concerns about the 'fundamental incompatibility' of the mix of permanent occupants and tourists.
Mayor Phillip Silver said he would listen to today's debate before making his decision.
“Whilst some issues have been resolved, the non-compliance with the DCP will be an issue. It is a very important issue for Lennox Head,” he said.
Cr Sharon Cadwallader, who will declare a non-pecuniary interest before voting on the issue, said allowing the change of use could set a 'dangerous precedent'.
“And permanent residents mixing with tourists is always difficult, because they live differently,” she said.
Cr Jeff Johnson said it was 'frustrating' the issue was coming back to the council when it had already been refused.