A Draft Coastal Hazard Planning Proposal goes on exhibition for public
comment from today (March 4) until April 15.
The draft Planning Proposal 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 Plan incorporated forecast rise in sea level of 40cm above the
1990 mean sea level by 2050 and a rise of 90cm by 2100, which corresponds with
Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change predictions.
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.
“By revising and amending the existing planning controls we’ll ensure
that relevant information is provided to property-owners and communities to make
sure that future coastal development is as resilient as it can be to coastal
hazards,” said Chris Chapman, Council’s Director Sustainable Communities.
“In the Draft Planning Proposal, we’re outlining that future developments
have to demonstrate ways to deal with coastal hazards in design, layout and
function. We want to reduce the possible burden of protecting inappropriate
development in areas at risk of coastal hazards that may face future
The exhibition period is for 42 days from Wednesday, March 4 2015, to
Wednesday, April 15 2015. It can be viewed on www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/publicnotices
or at the Main Council Administrative building, corner of Coff and Castle
There will be a Community
Information Session at the Cavanbah Centre, Harbour Drive, on Thursday, March
12 2015 from 4pm – 7pm. This will be a general community information
session to allow landholders to seek more information and ask questions
regarding the proposed Coastal Hazard Planning controls. Further specific landholder-targeted community information sessions are
also planned during the consultation period.