12.1 C
Byron Shire
May 18, 2024

Tweed LEP goes on display

Latest News

Brunswick 30 has been delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour

Following successful sea trials at Yamba the Brunswick 30 was delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour on Wednesday, May 15. 

Other News

Exploring the Burmese struggle in Byron, May 30

Rosemary and previously, her late husband, have been teaching, then quietly building clean water systems for villages and schools in the ‘dry region’ of Burma / Myanmar for years.

Reading flash mob? Kyogle leads the way

Saturday saw what may have been a world first with a reading flash mob hitting the streets of Kyogle as they prepare for the Kyogle Readers and Writers Festival.

Can artificial intelligence be used for beach safety?

Is it time for a new approach to beach safety that utilises AI technology to tell locals and visitors where it’s safe to swim?

Domestic violence

It has occurred to me that as many women who experience domestic violence are forced to flee their homes,...

Public housing forum/doco May 16

A documentary exploring the devastating impacts of losing one’s home owing to the privatisation and demolition of public housing assets will be screened May 16 at the Palace Cinema.

Top-down planning failing, says Greens MP

Data released by the NSW government on its key housing policy, the Transport Oriented Development and State Environment Planning Policy, has come under intense criticism from planning experts.

 Luis Feliu

The area of land zoned for environmental protection in the Tweed under proposed changes to the shire’s major planning blueprint has not changed, according to Tweed Shire Council’s chief planner.

Instead, council has adapted new state government environmental classifications, which include new maps for biodiversity and steep land to help guide landowners, council planning director Vince Connell said.

The Tweed’s draft Local Environment Plan (LEP) 2012 went on display yesterday for 60 days for public comment, and council will also hold information sessions to encourage community input.

Other far north coast councils have already placed their LEPs on exhibition as part of a major review of the system by the state, due by mid next year.

But planning minister Brad Hazzard recently excised new E2 and E3 biodiversity zones from the plans of five of these councils, including the Tweed, for further review, after lobbying by some landowners who feared farming could be restricted and their land devalued.

The controversial intervention sparked campaigns in Byron Shire by rural landowner groups in support of their removal and environmentalists who say the deletion of the two zones will risk the protection of wetlands, native forest and wildlife corridors.

Mr Connell said it was vital that property owners and organisations assessed how the zonings and other provisions in the new plan impacted on them, and provide feedback.

He said the draft LEP ‘underpins all other strategic planning decisions and documents for this local government area by outlining the land uses and development standards for all Tweed Shire land outside the Tweed city centre’.

During the first public exhibition of the draft in 2010, hundreds of submissions were received.

The draft is based on a template prepared by the state government to standardise the format, zones and definitions for all councils in NSW.

Mr Connell said the local context of the plan was derived from the current plan (Tweed LEP 2000) ‘and several local strategies consulted with the community and adopted by council in the past few years’.

‘The draft Tweed LEP 2012 has been created as a “best fit” for our local zones and other provisions within that standardised template.

‘That includes the provision of environmental protection zones. The area of land zoned for environmental protection has not changed from the current plan; council has just adapted the new environmental classifications contained in the template.

‘However, it does include new maps for biodiversity and steep land, to help offer guidance to landowners.’

Mr Connell said a special page on Council’s website (www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/) and a series of fact sheets would also help encourage feedback.

The information sessions will be held at venues and dates to be announced.

For further information, visit the Tweed LEP 2012 webpage at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au or call council’s Planning Reform Unit on 02 6670 2503.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Editorial – Just another unjust moment in history

Justice has been served and it’s a shit sandwich: whistleblower David McBride is now the first person to be sentenced to jail in Australia for reporting war crimes.

What do young people want and what do they think needs to change?

The ‘Your Voice, Our Future’ survey has been launched and is asking young people to put forward their views on what is important to them. 

Conciliation meeting over Broadwater floodplain development terminated

Richmond Valley Council refused a development application for a 60-lot residential development on flood-prone land on Rileys Hill Road, Broadwater, close to the Richmond River in October 2023. 

Pickleball takes Alstonville by storm as new courts open

Alstonville now boasts tournament-standard pickleball courts that opened to an enthusiastic crowd and players last Saturday despite the rain.