Zone change sought for Seaside City

SEASIDE City land owned by developer Richtech goes before Tweed Shire Council's administrators on Tuesday, seeking a change from tourist zoning to a mixed zoning for tourism and residential use.

If no issues arise at the meeting, the council will advertise the changes to the public and seek feedback.

The manager of Richtech, Frank Wilson, said there were matters as part of the 30ha development which he was trying to get resolved.

"We are continuing the process with council," he said this week.

The development, just south of Salt, has been on the planning board since the 1920s but has been left far behind other developments along the Tweed Coast.

"We have been trying to get started for five years," Mr Wilson said.

"We do not have anything tangible yet."

Mr Wilson said Richtech had helped facilitate the development of Salt and Casuarina Beach and he hoped the Seaside City development would get up soon. One of the problems is the zoning of the land for different usages.

Council's director of planning and development, Noel Hodges, said that at present only tourism ventures are allowed.

Mr Hodges said someone wanting to build a home on their beachfront block cannot do so.

Mr Wilson said the new plans from Richtech are seeking planning approval for a mixture of retail and commercial usage, medium density usage for tourism and residential usage as well.

"It will have its own character and style," he said.

Another sticking point has been the provision of roads and services for the development.

Mr Hodges said many of the smaller land holders could begin development if they wanted to as the subdivision had been approved but the cost of building roads and other infrastructure was prohibitive.

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