K?cliff high on planning agenda

TWEED Council planners have developed four different options for the future development of Kingscliff, chief planner Noel Hodges revealed this week.

Mr Hodges told this week's council meeting that the town's development control plan was totally inadequate and was in urgent need of overhaul.

He said planning staff had spent several months devising four scenarios involving different options for the proposed town centre, the location of shopping centres, parking arrangements and a review of height limits.

Planning staff hoped to unveil the different options at a workshop in three weeks time before the proposals were put on public exhibition for community feed-back.

"The review of Kingscliff's development control plan (DCP) is one of the most pressing planning issues on the Tweed," Mr Hodges said.

"A lot of our DCPs are flawed because they did not include street-scaping and parking but concentrated just on the development of private land," he said.

"We need to address these DCPs, particularly at Kingscliff where major problems are emerging," he said in apparent reference to a legal stoush over the location of a new shopping centre.

He was commenting after Cr Bob Brinsmead called on the council to urgently develop a car-parking master plan for the coastal town with input from the community.

Cr Brinsmead said the inadequate parking facilities were strangling the growth and vitality of the town's CBD.

But he withdrew his notice of motion after Mr Hodges flagged the imminent review which would seek to solve the town's traffic problems.

Kingscliff Chamber of Commerce president Rose Wright could not be contacted for comment, but had previously urged the council to adopt a traffic management plan which her association had drawn up in consultations with the community.

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