Fingal’s iconic lighthouse.
Fingal’s iconic lighthouse. John Gass

Fingal height review underway

WEDNESDAY is the cut-off for Fingal residents to have their say on building heights and future development as part of a Tweed Shire Council review.

The review was prompted by community concerns about the measurement and established maximum building heights established in the Tweed Local Environmental Plan 2014.

Community feedback on associated issues such as building design, density, building materials and landscaping is also being collected and considered by the council.

Fingal Head Community Association vice president Helen Twohill said the current plan doesn’t talk about storeys but gives a maximum height of nine metres.

Ms Twohill said this had sparked fears among the residents that it could leave the door open to development of more than two storeys.

But she said set back, scale, density of subdivisions and maintaining vegetation were also issues of concern.

She said there was a long history of opposition to development in the village above two storeys.

“People want to maintain the small village atmosphere,” she said.

“We’ve got this history that the two storey limit is maintained as far as any further development that comes up.”

The survey can be filled out online at

Printed copies are also available at the Fingal Trading Post store and Council’s offices in Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads.

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