Changes to Land Use Rainbow Beach, Bonny Hills

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Thank you for your interest. Consultation is now closed. A report on the results of the public exhibition will be presented to Council shortly.

Amendments to submissions received during public exhibition

January 2017

We have made the following changes in response to submissions received during the public exhibition:

  • Minimum lot size in the environmental corridor is proposed to change from a 40 hectare minimum to be generally a 10 hectares minimum, with a 3 hectares minimum for two specific sites. The reason for the change is to facilitate the orderly transfer of the environmental corridor to Council as development occurs in stages along the corridor. With the exhibited minimum lot size, there was potential for the lots available to be transferred to Council ownership to be less than 40 hectares, resulting in delay.
  • Adjust the maximum height of residential buildings in the proposed R3 Medium Density Zone from 11.5 metres to 14.5 metres. The reason for this change is to ensure consistent development opportunities with similar adjoining areas and allow flexibility in response to future market conditions. This is considered a low impact change given the undeveloped nature of the area.

In light of these changes, the State Department of Planning and Environment has instructed Council to exhibit the amended proposal for a period of 14 days.

Public exhibition will start on Wednesday 18 January 2017 and concludes on Thursday 2 February 2017.

Please also note that we have added the earlier planning proposal from 2011 dealing with Precinct C as this has some useful information on building heights etc. You'll find it in the document library, linked at right.

HISTORY

10 August 2016, Council decided to publicly exhibit proposed changes to the local environmental plan (LEP) for land at 1350 Ocean Drive, between Lake Cathie and Bonny Hills, known as Rainbow Beach.

The proposed changes are aimed at aiding development of the residential area, town centre and open space corridor approved by the State government in March 2012. For more information on these approvals, please refer to the Department of Planning & Environment’s website:

The proposed changes to the LEP are intended to reflect these current approvals.

The purpose and general effect of the proposed changes are to encourage efficient development in this well-located area and increase housing choice in the Port Macquarie-Hastings. Also on exhibition is a complementary suite of draft development control provisions (DCP) to support the changes proposed to the LEP by providing additional detail.

These changes set up zoning, height, floor space and acoustic control layers in the LEP maps and will help to facilitate:

  • a new village centre incorporating space for a Council community facility
  • about 75 hectares of open space and environmental corridor and constructed wetland
  • a second school site (the first already built - Lake Cathie Public School)
  • regional sports fields


The key benefits to the community include:

  • By taking a coordinated approach, approvals are likely to be quicker and housing will get to the market sooner
  • The range of zones will provide a wide mix of housing choice, from detached houses on larger lots to townhouses and dual occupancies
  • The town centre will ultimately include a new multipurpose community facility to service the new community
  • The environmental corridor provides amenity and opportunities for walking and cycling and access to nearby Rainbow Beach as well as protecting important habitat

Recently, you may have noticed a major subdivision application at this address. While related, the subdivision application and these proposed planning changes are separate processes. Please take care to ensure your submission is recorded against the correct process.



Thank you for your interest. Consultation is now closed. A report on the results of the public exhibition will be presented to Council shortly.

Amendments to submissions received during public exhibition

January 2017

We have made the following changes in response to submissions received during the public exhibition:

  • Minimum lot size in the environmental corridor is proposed to change from a 40 hectare minimum to be generally a 10 hectares minimum, with a 3 hectares minimum for two specific sites. The reason for the change is to facilitate the orderly transfer of the environmental corridor to Council as development occurs in stages along the corridor. With the exhibited minimum lot size, there was potential for the lots available to be transferred to Council ownership to be less than 40 hectares, resulting in delay.
  • Adjust the maximum height of residential buildings in the proposed R3 Medium Density Zone from 11.5 metres to 14.5 metres. The reason for this change is to ensure consistent development opportunities with similar adjoining areas and allow flexibility in response to future market conditions. This is considered a low impact change given the undeveloped nature of the area.

In light of these changes, the State Department of Planning and Environment has instructed Council to exhibit the amended proposal for a period of 14 days.

Public exhibition will start on Wednesday 18 January 2017 and concludes on Thursday 2 February 2017.

Please also note that we have added the earlier planning proposal from 2011 dealing with Precinct C as this has some useful information on building heights etc. You'll find it in the document library, linked at right.

HISTORY

10 August 2016, Council decided to publicly exhibit proposed changes to the local environmental plan (LEP) for land at 1350 Ocean Drive, between Lake Cathie and Bonny Hills, known as Rainbow Beach.

The proposed changes are aimed at aiding development of the residential area, town centre and open space corridor approved by the State government in March 2012. For more information on these approvals, please refer to the Department of Planning & Environment’s website:

The proposed changes to the LEP are intended to reflect these current approvals.

The purpose and general effect of the proposed changes are to encourage efficient development in this well-located area and increase housing choice in the Port Macquarie-Hastings. Also on exhibition is a complementary suite of draft development control provisions (DCP) to support the changes proposed to the LEP by providing additional detail.

These changes set up zoning, height, floor space and acoustic control layers in the LEP maps and will help to facilitate:

  • a new village centre incorporating space for a Council community facility
  • about 75 hectares of open space and environmental corridor and constructed wetland
  • a second school site (the first already built - Lake Cathie Public School)
  • regional sports fields


The key benefits to the community include:

  • By taking a coordinated approach, approvals are likely to be quicker and housing will get to the market sooner
  • The range of zones will provide a wide mix of housing choice, from detached houses on larger lots to townhouses and dual occupancies
  • The town centre will ultimately include a new multipurpose community facility to service the new community
  • The environmental corridor provides amenity and opportunities for walking and cycling and access to nearby Rainbow Beach as well as protecting important habitat

Recently, you may have noticed a major subdivision application at this address. While related, the subdivision application and these proposed planning changes are separate processes. Please take care to ensure your submission is recorded against the correct process.



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    Submissions close 2 February 2017.


    Please make your submission by clicking on the button below. 

    Any information provided by you is subject to the provisions of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 which is based on the principle that all Government-held information should be accessible to the public and that information should only be withheld if it is necessary to do so in the public interest. 

    Alternatively, submissions can be posted to Council, submitted at a Customer Service Centre or emailed to council@pmhc.nsw.gov.au.

    Submissions close 2 February 2017.


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