Ballina Shire Council has approved a $14 million residential development on the old ‘Henderson Farm’ at Lennox Head despite concerns it would place pressure on the local traffic network.
The subdivision will be built in two stages, with the first stage including 159 residential lots, five public reserve lots, tree removal, civil infrastructure works and associated easements.
Stage two will consist of nine residential lots and one public reserve.
To be called The Outlook, the development will be built on 92.5 hectares of land adjoining the Coast Road.
Cr Sharon Cadwallader, backed by Cr Ben Smith, moved a motion to approve the conditional approval despite concerns that key road infrastructure could struggle with increased traffic.
Greens councilor Jeff Johnson spoke against approval, saying that although he agreed the land would eventually be developed, it was not acceptable to place an additional burden on the local roadwork.
He pointed to a traffic study showing an extra 320 vehicles a day would travel south via Montwood Drive or Henderson Lane as a result of the development, arguing an upgrade of Hutley Drive should be completed.
Those extra vehicles would add to an extra 571 vehicles per day from the nearby Pacific Pines, although those numbers would be alleviated once an upgrade of Hutley Drive was completed.
Therefore Montwood Drive would be in excess of its environmental capacity by approximately 18 per cent with both the Pacific Pines and Henderson Farm development combined.
But the council’s regulatory services group manager Rod Willis assured councilors that the impacts would be minor and that the Hutley Drive would be upgraded as the development proceeded.
Cr Cadwallader said the council would be taking $2.5 million in contributions coming from developer.
‘By delaying this we’re just delaying much needed infrastructure,’ she said.
Following debate, the proposal was approved with a deferred commencement date of three years.
Crs Cadwallader, Smith, Robyn Hordern, Ken Johnston, David Wright and Paul Worth voted for the development while Crs Sue Meehan, Jeff Johnson and Keith Williams against.