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September 23, 2021

Council wants feedback on Nimbin development

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The village of Nimbin experienced very little development activity from the 1990s to the early 2010s but in recent years has seen a significant increase in applications and new development.

To get a better view of what the people of the area want, Lismore City Council is seeking community feedback to inform a review of Nimbin’s planning controls to guide future development and growth in and around the village.

Council has released a Discussion Paper and the Nimbin Development Control Survey to generate discussion with the Nimbin community and get feedback on the types of growth and development that are suitable for Nimbin in the future.

Community feedback will inform possible amendments to the Nimbin Development Control Plan (DCP), Lismore Environmental Plan (LEP) and Growth Management Strategy (GMS).

Since 2015, Council has approved 129 development applications in and close to Nimbin village. Of those approximately 50 were for new dwellings.

A review of planning controls

Council says it is time now to undertake a review of planning controls to ensure Council is retaining Nimbin’s unique qualities – there is a need to look at the cumulative impact on roads and other infrastructure of new development and ensure that adopted planning instruments align with community values and protect the character of the village.

Once they have gathered feedback from the community, Council’s strategic planning staff will prepare a Draft DCP for Nimbin, along with possible amendments to the LEP and GMS.

These will be made available in early 2021 for a final round of community consultation prior to any recommendation being made to Council.

Please complete the Nimbin Development Control Survey below by Friday, 4 December 2020.

The Discussion Paper is available in the Document Library to your right. Hard copies are also available at the Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre.

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  1. WELL
    Nimbin is an ICONIC settlement of an AGE when people were trying to live FREE from restrictions.
    It is a place where I started High School.
    Then came the people who joined the revolution.
    No war. No environment destruction. Live in Peace. Live with a natural untouched environment. Live with the sanity that all the Hippies had.
    Listening to Justin Hayward. Going back.

    Sorry have had some pale ale.

  2. Dear councillors,
    Nimbin has had a history of environmental protectiveness, going back many decades. In those decades, the alternative culture of Nimbin achieved much in the way of protection of the environment. Ie The Nightcap National Park exists because we fought for it. The CSG was stopped by people in the area, farmers, alternative folk all togerher. I also see we introduced many positive new concepts that were accepted by mainstream society, from healing to organic growing alternative schooling etc.
    Out of all our culture has introduced, I think I can generalise, after 40 years to say that the thing we all care about most is the environment.
    Any new requests for development adjacent to the Nightcap National Park should be declined as previous cases have shown people come to buy those forested lands to cut down the trees to sell, then sell the land for double what they paid. The destruction of forest adjacent to a National Park leaves it vulnerable.
    Please stop inappropriate development and preserve our collective environment
    Yours truly
    Sophia Hoeben


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