Well, we’re all a little nervous around here at the moment – the judgment we have been waiting for is due to be handed down this Friday @ 10.15am. We’ll post an update as soon as we’re told…
Pro-Development Councillors – Polglase, Skinner and Youngblutt have filed a rescission motion in a bid to over-turn the majority Councillors’ decision to implement strict controls recommended by Council’s expert of two-dwellings and two stories per site until a locality plan is installed for all HP. They’ll need a councillor to do a backflip like in past years to further delay Hasto’s progress. Surely, it cannot happen a third time.
This motion completely disregards the LAW and the DCPs objectives. However, in recent meetings, these councillors have disregarded law to try to save current HP developments. This is no different.
Unfortunately, there has been some media and developer misinformation re the interim controls. Some state they are permanent.
NOT SO, they are interim and necessary because without them the current Tweed DCP cannot prevent large unit blocks which take up entire sites (see photo right).
Put simply, HP needs these strict controls so that experts can design proper controls for multi-dwelling development sites to reduce site cover and allow more green space to protect the environment and character of HP.
Developers have known about these recommendations since April 2008. Unfortunately, like every other time, they are desperately adversely affecting the consultation process with a letter of lies and deception to property owners to get other unwitting out-of-town owners to push their barrow for them. They don’t want any interim controls so they can sneak in their big buildings and ruin HP while the locality plan is being designed. False Claims include:
“The community consultation process was not done properly, with respect to not allowing the northern land owners access to the process, who are now subject to interim draft controls they had not say in.”
FALSE – the whole community is being consulted now through exhibition of controls pursuant to the law.
Land is zoned“commercial 2B” –
FALSE – is zoned residential.
Council’s expert recommended an interim control of 250 m2 per dwelling and two storeys be adopted for Southern End of HP.
FALSE – Council’s expert recommended 2 dwelllings and two storeys per site for all HP.
So it has come as a surprise, to hear Councillors, have proposed and approved an interim control of two storeys, and not more than two dwelling per lot (residential zoning) to the whole of Hastings Point.
False. Developers have known since April 2008 when the expert handed down her report. Enough is enough – no more lies and deception.
Pursuant to the TWEED DCP objectives, Council is now legally required to take interim action to implement Ruker’s recommendations and protect HP’s existing built and natural environment. We trust that they do so and are not affected by the deception of the developers.
The Hastings Point Community has finally been heard after 12 years in the wilderness by 4 of our 7 new Councillors – Mayor Van Lieshout, Deputy Mayor Longland, Cr Milne and Cr Holdom and Tweed’s newly headed Planning Dpt. Thx for their vision & application of law.
Declared by the Mayor as a historic event for the Tweed, HP will now receive its own locality plan to protect its character and environment consistent with all relevant law and policy.
During preparation of this plan, HP has been partially protected by interim controls which unfortunately do not follow the full recommendations of Council’s expert – for no good reason. It would seem that this is a hangover from the influences of Council’s former planning staff which are no longer with us. The community is hoping that these indiscretions can be rectified in the New Year so that the whole locality has the protection required while the experts get the plan RIGHT.