Council moves to alleviate bulky goods retailing concerns
August 11, 2011
The draft Shoalhaven Local Environment Plan 2009, the City’s future major planning tool, is currently on exhibition and available for viewing at six locations throughout the City.
Shoalhaven City Council Strategy Planning Manager, Gordon Clark said that despite the overwhelming community interest in the plan he remained concerned that sections of the draft plan were still being slightly misrepresented within certain sections of the community.
Mr Clark said it was important to remember that the draft LEP is based on a ‘best fit’ transfer, from the current LEP1985, into the new standardised format saying any changes in the Nowra-Bomaderry area have remained consistent with the Structure Plan and other adopted Council positions.
“As per most things in the Standard LEP Instrument process, a lot of the issues that have arisen are not as clear cut as they may seem at first,” said Mr Clark.
“There appears to be a small section of the community that has concerns regarding Council requesting the Department of Planning to retain ‘bulky goods retailing’ in the Industrial zones within the draft LEP.
“While the Department of Planning has allowed the use to remain in the current draft, Council will need to justify why this should be supported in light of the State Government Employment Lands Strategy when the document is submitted for finalisation.”
“It is important to remember that Council has attempted to retain the current flexibility within its Business and Industrial zones throughout the draft plan.”
“I would encourage any individual or organisation with concerns surrounding any issues rising from the draft LEP to make a submission. Each individual submission will be considered in the finalisation of the plan after the current exhibition period.”
The draft Shoalhaven LEP 2009 contains five business zones and three industrial zones.
The document is currently available for viewing at six locations throughout the City and through a new specialised website; www.slep2009.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au, which has been launched to assist the community review the draft plan.