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At the Council meeting on 13/10/2022, Council decided to approve a DA in a low-density residential, ‘environmentally sensitive’ zoned area in Ocean Shores (the most protected policy area of Ocean Shores). So apparently, six dwellings of three storeys that exceeds the height plane of nine metres on a block size of 1047sqm fits the definition of low density residential environmentally sensitive zoning, despite other policy areas in Ocean Shores being earmarked for higher density. Look out neighbourhood – the precedent has been set that anywhere in Ocean Shores is up for medium/high density development.

Also listening to the livestream of that meeting, it seems some councillors were uncomfortable visiting the site for this development in Kumbellin Glen because of the neighbours being present and voicing their objections. Maybe if the councillors who felt that way replied to numerous objectors’ emails, plus a petition, and took the time to listen and speak with the community they are supposed to represent and serve they would have felt differently. Shame.

Aaron Cook, Ocean Shores 


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