LAND BALLOT PROCESS TO BE RESTARTED
Written on the 17 July 2015 by Kevin ConollyMember for Riverstone, Kevin Conolly, has announced that a process for unlocking the "scheduled lands" at Riverstone will be undertaken.
"At a recent meeting with the Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes, I raised the issue of the 'paper subdivisions' ballot which failed to achieve the required majority last year," Mr Conolly said.
"While a majority of landowners voted in favour of development, some votes arrived too late to be included in the count, and resulted in less than the 60 per cent minimum required for development to proceed.
"The Minister agreed in principle to start a new process."
At this stage it has not been determined how the process will be conducted or when. It will be necessary to obtain new costings and there may be other variations from the 2014 proposal.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes said he hoped this would resolve longstanding issues regarding the "scheduled lands."
"We need to ensure the process is open to all interested parties and they receive enough notice to take part," Mr Stokes said.
"I hope this decision means the community can have confidence in the process and the issue can be put to rest."
The ballot process conducted in 2014 was enabled by a Regulation gazette in 2012 specifically designed to facilitate development in the historic "paper subdivisions" existing in Riverstone and a few other localities within NSW.
"I congratulate the Minister for taking action to solve the problem faced by landowners in the Riverstone area," said Mr Conolly.
Author: Kevin Conolly
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