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Phase 1 of the Rural Lands Strategy
COFFS HARBOUR RURAL LANDS STRATEGY PHASE 1 – DRAFT ISSUES AND OPTIONS DISCUSSION PAPER, DRAFT BACKGROUND REPORT AND COMMUNITY WORKSHOP OUTCOMES FOR COMMUNITY COMMENT
 
At its Ordinary meeting of 14 July 2016, Coffs Harbour City Council resolved to place on public exhibition the Coffs Harbour Rural Lands Strategy Phase 1 Draft Issues and Options Paper, draft Background Report and Community Workshop Outcomes.
 
The draft Rural Lands Strategy Issues and Options Discussion Paper was developed after extensive consultation with rural residents and industry stakeholders.
The key issues identified by the community following the initial consultation and contained in the draft Issues and Options Discussion Paper are:
·         To ensure a productive and economically sustainable long-term future for rural lands. This could include mechanisms for planning controls and economic development strategies, food security and support for local food production, supporting innovative and diverse farming enterprises, encouragement for rural-based tourism as an option for primary producers and employment issues and opportunities.
·         To address the changing character of our rural lands in terms of social and cultural change - such as ensuring planning provisions can provide for an ageing rural population and pressure for land use changes.
·         To help rural production by, for example, providing clear and transparent policies and strategies, a robust and easily understood regulatory framework and improved community engagement.
·         To recognise and manage the opportunities and challenges presented by the environmental values of the area. 
Council is seeking feedback on the draft Rural Lands Strategy Issues and Options Discussion Paper from Wednesday, July 20, 2016 until Friday, August 19, 2016. Copies can be viewed at local libraries, at Council’s main Administration Building, the Bonville Service Station, Coramba Post Office, Nana Glen General Store, Lowanna General Store and Post Office and via the links below.
 
How to make a submission
 
Via the online form below
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Hardcopy submissions are to be addressed to:
Coffs Harbour City Council
Locked Bag 155
Coffs Harbour 2450
 
Feedback will be received until 4.30pm Friday, 19 August, 2016.
 
Further information can be obtained from the website, by email or direct from Council’s Local Planning section on 6648 4659.
 
Written submissions must be accompanied, where relevant, by a Disclosure Statement of Political Donations and Gifts (www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/disclosurestatement) in accordance with the provisions of Section 147 (4) and (5) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.  Disclosure forms are also available from Council’s Customer Service Section.
 
Council is committed to openness and transparency in its decision making processes.  The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA) requires Council to provide public access to information held unless there are overriding public interest considerations against disclosure.  Any submissions received will be made publicly available unless the writer can demonstrate that the release of part or all of the information would not be in the public interest.   However, Council is obliged to release any document by court order or other specific law. 
 

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