The world may be in a state of immense turmoil and uncertainty, but at least we can rely on the inexorable forward march of the Tallowood housing development (DA 10.2020.109.1) in Mullumbimby.
The Development Application (DA) for the ninth, and final, stage of one of the Shire’s largest housing estates, will come before councillors for determination at this Thursday’s planning meeting.
The application is for 48 residential lots, seven of which will be part of a small Community Title (CT) subdivision.
Just under six hectares will be given to Byron Council, which is expected to maintain it for open space.
Should the subdivision be approved, it will bring the size of the total estate to 240 lots, once the final coat of paint is dry.
And it appears likely that this latest DA will be given a swift and safe passage through the approval process by councillors this week.
Council staff have recommended that the application be approved, finding that it raises few issues.
‘The application appropriately addresses the relevant constraints applying to the site and is recommended for approval subject to the conditions listed,’ Council planner, Ivan Holland, said in his report to councillors on the application.
Among these conditions is a requirement that the developer abstain from cutting down or damaging any native trees as part of this stage of the development.
Unlike many of the previous stages, which involved or ultimately led to the removal of large native trees, and other remnant vegetation, Stage 9 reportedly does not.
‘The proposal will not have a significantly adverse impact on the natural environment of the locality,’ Mr Holland said.
‘The site to be developed for residential purposes is predominantly clear of vegetation, with the remnant areas of significance to be dedicated to Council.’