Why change the zone?
This land has been recognised in a number of strategic plans since the early 1990s as a proposed residential expansion area for Taree. A recent review of available residential land in Taree recognised that there is a need for this area to be rezoned to cater for the growth of Taree. Currently there are limited opportunities for the subdivision of residential land in Taree. The findings of this review are included in the rezoning documents which are available for comment.
How will traffic impacts be addressed?
A key issue for this residential development is access to Wingham Road.
It is proposed that a roundabout be constructed at the western intersection of Kolodong Road and Wingham Road to safely cater for future residents. The specific design of the roundabout would be developed during the subdivision design stage.
Will this affect the operation of the school?
The zone of the Taree Christian College land would change from rural to residential. This provides greater flexibility for the school to operate and grow over time as the use is currently prohibited in the rural zone but is permitted in the proposed residential zone.
Where are the detailed subdivision plans for the proposal?
The planning proposal does not contain a detailed development proposal for the land at this stage. If the rezoning is approved, any future subdivision will be subject to further studies and analysis and a site specific masterplan developed to guide future development.
How will potential conflicts between rural and future residential land be managed?
The NSW Department of Primary Industries has requested that a 50m buffer is established between all proposed residential land at Kolodong Estate and existing rural grazing land so as to minimise any potential future land use conflict. The intention of the buffer is to ensure that any residential development is no less than 50m from the adjoining rural land. An additional 500m buffer to the existing dairy farm has also be provided.