Development explanation

Published on 22 March 2024

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Several development-related issues in the Blueys Beach area have been the subject of community discussion in recent weeks.

Councillors recently approved a 70 lot subdivision at lot 23, Boomerang Drive, Blueys Beach.

This subdivision has been notified to the community on three separate occasions following design improvements, as Council staff have worked with the developer to get a better community outcome.

The third iteration of the proposed subdivision was assessed and found to meet all relevant planning requirements.  This proposal was subsequently recommended to Councillors for approval.

MidCoast Council’s Director of Liveable Communities, Paul De Szell said that Council staff have worked with both the developer and community to get the best possible outcome.

“The amendments made to the proposed subdivision have resulted in a reduction of eight residential lots and an improved road and allotment pattern,” he explained.

“Importantly the amendments also reduced the encroachment into vegetated areas”.

“Ultimately the final application met all relevant planning requirements and the conditions of the consent will ensure that a better outcome is delivered for the community than previous proposals for the land.”

In other development related issues in the Blueys Beach area MidCoast Council is currently investigating works that have started on an approved subdivision at 238 Boomerang Drive, Blueys Beach.

The 77-lot residential subdivision was approved in 2019 after the land was rezoned following an appeal to the Land and Environment Court in 2012.

A planning agreement was put in place as part of the rezoning that saw 72 hectares of the land dedicated to the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the residential zone restricted to a 10.2 hectare area directly off Boomerang Drive.

Council understands that there is significant concern amongst the community about the recent clearing of trees in this residential zone. While some of the clearing forms part of the consent for the development of the land there are also specific requirements for storm water management and erosion and sediment control.

Council compliance staff have attended the site and will continue to investigate the situation.