Create- Rural Lands Policy

Councillors as part of processes to ease red tape are discussing a range of potential amendments to Council’s existing planning policies governing rural land use. The potential amendments under consideration relate to changes in legislation that require Council to determine policy position on certain rural land uses in the Shire.

The three main areas that Council is reviewing include:

  1. The regulation of blueberry growing in Bellingen Shire.
  2. Whether Council should continue to allow for Multiple Occupancy development (also known as MO’s, or Rural Landsharing Communities) in the rural areas of the Shire and whether existing MO’s should be allowed to subdivide by the use of Community Title Subdivision.
  3. Potential changes to the E4 (Environmental Living) Zone, on Darkwood and Kalang Roads, to broaden the range of permissible uses in these areas.

To assist the discussion Council has prepared a document library and a brief survey, that can be completed by interested parties until 12 May 2017. The closing date for the survey has been extended until Monday 29 May 2017.

Additionally Council will hold a community meeting at Kalang Hall and Thora Hall.

Councillors as part of processes to ease red tape are discussing a range of potential amendments to Council’s existing planning policies governing rural land use. The potential amendments under consideration relate to changes in legislation that require Council to determine policy position on certain rural land uses in the Shire.

The three main areas that Council is reviewing include:

  1. The regulation of blueberry growing in Bellingen Shire.
  2. Whether Council should continue to allow for Multiple Occupancy development (also known as MO’s, or Rural Landsharing Communities) in the rural areas of the Shire and whether existing MO’s should be allowed to subdivide by the use of Community Title Subdivision.
  3. Potential changes to the E4 (Environmental Living) Zone, on Darkwood and Kalang Roads, to broaden the range of permissible uses in these areas.

To assist the discussion Council has prepared a document library and a brief survey, that can be completed by interested parties until 12 May 2017. The closing date for the survey has been extended until Monday 29 May 2017.

Additionally Council will hold a community meeting at Kalang Hall and Thora Hall.