Balance achieved for Broulee land

Planning for the development of residential land in Broulee can now move ahead after Eurobodalla councillors voted unanimously in favour of a proposal that protects a 40-metre wide corridor of endangered vegetation along George Bass Drive and Broulee Road. The stretch of land is 1.35km long and totals 5.5 hectares.

The proposal also provides for increased housing diversity in the vicinity of the Train Street commercial land.

The decision follows detailed and extensive engagement with the Broulee community.

Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes said the views of the community had been listened to and significant changes to the planning proposal were made in response.

“This process shows how Council, land owners and community members can work together to achieve balanced outcomes,” Clr Innes said.

“It was clear from the outset that the land owners are caring and participating members of their local community and I congratulate them on their willingness to work with Council and the community to achieve this result.”

Key changes made as a result of community input included a reduction in the amount of R3 Medium Density Residential zone land and additional public open space.

Broulee Mossy Point Community Association president Ross Hayward stated in his address to Council during public forum that “Council’s demonstrated engagement with the community is acknowledged and welcomed”.

Mr Hayward also asked Council to consider how detailed issues raised by the community can be considered in future development application processes.

The approval of the planning proposal means that the Eurobodalla Local Environmental Plan 2012 (LEP) will now be amended to rezone the 40-metre corridor along George Bass Drive and Broulee Road to the E2 Environmental Conservation Zone.

The LEP will also be amended to rezone an additional seven hectares of land to the R3 Medium Density Residential zone.

Council also approved changes to the Residential Zones Development Control Plan that will ensure future development applications for subdivision of the land take into consideration a range of matters, including the retention of habitat features where possible and stormwater management.

Mayor Innes said that Council will now work on developing a process to ensure that matters raised by community members during the planning proposal process which are relevant to future development applications are taken into consideration at that time. Media Release

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