A NEW council-wide local environmental plan (LEP) for Nambucca Shire has been approved by the NSW Government, potentially supporting an additional 2,200 residents by 2036.
"While there is already more than adequate supply of land for housing in the Shire, the new LEP more clearly identifies lands which are appropriate for housing, ensuring a well-planned – rather than ad-hoc – approach to future residential development," said Planning Minister Tony Kelly.
- Encourages urban development around settlements with existing services and infrastructure, such as Nambucca Heads, Macksville, Scotts Head, Bowraville, Valla Beach and Bellwood;
- Identifies future rural residential land releases in line with the council's Growth Management Strategy;
- Constrains future urban development to the growth areas mapped in the Mid North Coast Regional Strategy, protecting a series of green breaks of valuable coastal environmental assets between settlements from development;
- Provides for new employment opportunities for Shire residents including a 15-hectare business park at Lower Nambucca along with a 2-hectare local centre at Valla Beach; and
- Protects the Shire's important rural and agricultural lands as well as its scenic waterways.
The government said amendments were made to the LEP to ensure consistency with the council's Growth Management Strategy and the Government's standard template.