Urban boost for Pambula

Bega Valley Shire Council is preparing a rezoning proposal for Pambula and South Pambula.

Bega Valley Shire Council is preparing a rezoning proposal for Pambula and South Pambula.

Pambula is poised to benefit from a number of changes to land use that will kick start residential development in the area, something that has been missing for many years.

The lack of vacant urban zoned land has restricted new housing development.

The catalyst for the rejuvenation has been propelled by a Bega Valley Shire Council decision that will see the council prepare a planning proposal to facilitate rezoning land in Pambula and South Pambula for residential use.

The decision has been welcomed by Caddey, Searl & Jarman surveyor David Bothamley who lodged a submission to the council’s South Pambula Urban Lands Review on behalf of a number of landholders in the area.

Mr Bothamley said it was apparent that the council had heeded some of their arguments they had put forward advocating zoning changes.

“We are very happy the council seems to want to resolve this. Development has been stagnant in the area for a long time,” Mr Bothamley said.

He said that the council up to this point had been the only owner of residential land.

“Council’s decision now allows land owners to move forward with their plans and the proposed residential rezonings enables that to happen,” Mr Bothamley said.

Council’s manager of planning services, Keith Tull, said the current land supply for new housing in South Pambula and Pambula was limited due to the lack of vacant urban zoned land.

“During the exhibition of the draft Bega Valley Local Environmental Plan, council received submissions on behalf of land owners in the South Pambula area to rezone land for urban purposes,” he said.

“In considering those submissions we identified the need to provide urban land for affordable housing in both the Pambula and South Pambula areas.

“A study to determine the potential to provide additional urban housing lots looked at the feasibility of providing water, sewer and road infrastructure, existing flora and fauna and riparian buffers as well as flood, bushfire and landscape constraints.”

Mr Tull said the study had identified three sites adjacent to Pambula and South Pambula as being suitable for affordable housing and a design showing a possible lot layout of 61 lots on land east of South Pambula was produced.

“Council’s strategic planning staff have begun preparing the planning proposal and I expect that it will be forwarded to the Department of Planning and Environment in the next few weeks,” he said.

“If the identified land is rezoned, we estimate that there will be enough urban land available to supply urban development in the area for the next 20 years – based on current demand.”

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