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Coastal owner concerned over Byron draft rezoning

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It’s a case of ‘wait and see’ what effect sweeping new draft rezonings will have on property prices after Byron Shire Council (BSC) signed off on changes to the LEP (Local Environment Plan) last Thursday.

Potentially most at risk is the value of properties in coastal areas, says Belongil property owner John Vaughn. In Council’s Thursday public access he asked mayor Jan Barham, ‘What impact will the new zonings have with mortgages and property prices?’ Mayor Barham said she would take the question on notice.

And when asked by Echonetdaily about potential impacts on property prices, BSC’s executive manager of planning Ray Darney said it was ‘impossible to quantify what impact, if any, the draft LEP may have on any land values’.

‘Land values can be affected by a broad range of factors…’ he said, adding that values are not a planning matter for consideration under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

The Local Environmental Plan is being overhauled by the state and a new template provided to councils requires that the current land zonings are transferred to a ‘like’ category. ‘The current 7(f2)Urban Coastal Lands zone is proposed to be zoned as E2 Environmental Conservation Zone within the new draft LEP,’ says Mr Darney. ‘The E2 Zone within the new draft LEP, together with clause 4.2A, is consistent with the current 7(f2) Zone and features the same land usages and provisions as per the current Byron LEP 1988.’

He says the proposed objectives of the E2 Environmental Conservation Zone are to protect, manage and restore areas of high ecological, scientific, cultural or aesthetic values. Additionally it’s to prevent development that could destroy, damage or otherwise have an adverse effect on those values. It also aims to identify and protect environmentally sensitive coastal land and land likely to be influenced by coastal processes, and to prevent inappropriate development that would be adversely affected by, or that would adversely affect, coastal processes.

 


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4 COMMENTS

  1. Take the question on notice Jan , do you mean no comment ?

    I think its a very important qustion that needs answering by you or your Manager of Planning Mr Darney who clearly doesnt seem to have any concern for redidents and their families. Where do you live ray ?

  2. The paragraph below is so typical of the ambiguous nature of bureaucracy it’s far too open ended – residents need clarity and certainty when they are dealing with their homes and life long investments – how dare you treat them like this !!

    He says the proposed objectives of the E2 Environmental Conservation Zone are to protect, manage and restore areas of high ecological, scientific, cultural or aesthetic values. Additionally it’s to prevent development that could destroy, damage or otherwise have an adverse effect on those values. It also aims to identify and protect environmentally sensitive coastal land and land likely to be influenced by coastal processes, and to prevent inappropriate development that would be adversely affected by, or that would adversely affect, coastal processes.

  3. It is time landwoners realised that their land is more than a tradeable commodity, it is part of the ecology and as such if they are not willing to be responsible stewards of the land then councils and governments have to step in to stop the kind of developments and land use that is rendering the planet uninhabitable and the environment’s abilty to sustain life as unsustainable. Until such time as there is a mass awakening as to the way everything is interconnected in life then authorities are obliged to be the stewards of the land. If they fail we replace them with people who are willing to be responsible until such time that the world becomes aware that everything we do in life has impact and consequences on more than bank accounts and property portfolios.

  4. An important decision in consideration of coastal erosion and who’s house will fall the sea… Belongil building’s built on sand these decisions will have a lot to do the price of insurance for those who live anywhere near a beach or river if they can afford it and who is gona invest their $$$ there.
    It will be interesting to see who’s gona want to live there.

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