31 March 2015 Coastal Hazard Planning Controls – Exhibition Extended

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31 March 2015 Coastal Hazard Planning Controls – Exhibition Extended

The public exhibition period for the Draft Coastal Hazard Planning Control documents - currently out for community comment - is being extended until May 6 2015.

The exhibition period began on March 4 and was due to close on April 15, but has now been increased for a further three weeks. The documents include a draft Planning Proposal, Coastal Hazard Planning Policy and Development Control Plan amendments relating to Coastal Hazards.

The exhibition of these documents is the next step following the adoption in 2013 of a Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) for Coffs Harbour, which addressed the potential risks to our coastline from coastal erosion and inundation up to the year 2100.

The CZMP came up with 48 actions to address identified risks of erosion and inundation. These included beach and dune management, public assets management, environmental planning and further studies, monitoring and community education. The actions also included updating Council’s Coastal Hazard Policy, revising planning controls within Council’s Development Control Plan 2013 and amending Council’s Section 149 Certificates to address development in the coastal zone.

“We’re extending the exhibition period because we want to ensure that residents are aware of the planning documents being out for comment, they have the opportunity to clarify what they might mean for their property and also have plenty of time to make a written submission if they wish,” said Chris Chapman, Council’s Director Sustainable Communities.

A number of community and landholder workshops have also been held as part of the community consultation since the exhibition began on March 4.

The documents can be viewed on www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/publicnotices, at the Main Council Administrative building, corner of Coff and Castle Streets, or at local libraries.