THE NSW government last week announced it has approved a development that will create thousands of new dwellings on the far north coast of NSW. Planning Minister, Tony Kelly, highlighted population projections as a key reason for approving the project.
The $423 million project at the Kings Forest site, west of Casuarina, is expected to deliver a range of dwellings, accommodate up to 10,000 people over the next 20 years and improve housing affordability and choice.
It is estimated that 19,100 new dwellings will be required in the area by 2031 and the site has been zoned for residential development since 1988. The government said the site is consistent with the Far North Coast Regional Strategy.
The concept plan for the 856-hectare site includes 17 hectares of public open space and 336 hectares of environmental protection areas. It also designates 23 residential precincts with a mix of housing types and capacity for 4,500 dwellings, a new town centre and neighbourhood centre and community and education facilities, including two public primary schools. The plan also dedicates seven hectares of employment land and a 57-hectare golf course.
A Koala Plan of Management has also been prepared to establish a comprehensive framework for koala management.
The approval of the concept plan follows a 62-day public exhibition period and review by the independent Planning Assessment Commission (PAC).
Thirty-four conditions were imposed which include wildlife protection and "strict" assessment requirements for future applications. The developer must also consult with Tweed Shire Council and Housing NSW in preparing a study to determine the need for affordable housing on the site.