Unrest over rezoning proposals
OWNERS of beachfront blocks in the Seaside City subdivision are angry rezoning proposals will restrict what they can do with their blocks.
Tweed Council administrators today will consider amendments to the draft local environment plan for Seaside City, which recommend a rezoning from 2(f) tourism to 2(e) residential/tourism, limit- ing building heights to two storeys.
Landowners say they face restrictions on developing their blocks including the building-height limit, bushfire and creek buffer zones and boundaries for the erosion line and a cycleway corridor.
Merryl Small said she bought a beachfront block last year because of the location and zoning, which would have allowed her "a small development ... but now they're restricting it to single-dwelling two-storeys".
Paula McKenzie-Blair, whose family bought two blocks 18 months ago, said owners were paying rates and land taxes on the land yet "our hands are tied and we can't do anything with it".