Council to prepare Pambula rezoning proposal

Bega Valley Shire Council has resolved to prepare a planning proposal to facilitate rezoning land in Pambula and South Pambula for urban purposes.

Council’s manager of planning services, Keith Tull, said the current land supply for new housing in South Pambula and Pambula was limited due to the lack of vacant urban zoned land.

“During the exhibition of the draft Bega Valley Local Environmental Plan, Council received submissions on behalf of land owners in the South Pambula area to rezone land for urban purposes,” he said.

“In considering those submissions we identified the need to provide urban land for affordable housing in both the Pambula and South Pambula areas.

“A study to determine the potential to provide additional urban housing lots looked at the feasibility of providing water, sewer and road infrastructure, existing flora and fauna and riparian buffers as well as flood, bushfire and landscape constraints.”

Mr Tull said the study had identified three sites adjacent to Pambula and South Pambula as being suitable for affordable housing, and a design showing a possible lot layout of 61 lots on land east of South Pambula was produced.

“Council’s strategic planning staff have begun preparing the planning proposal and I expect that it will be forwarded to the Department of Planning and Environment in the next few weeks,” he said.

“If the identified land is rezoned, we estimate that there will be enough urban land available to supply urban development in the area for the next 20 years, based on current demand.”