Wallalong Rezoning Proposal

19/06/2014 1:46 am

Wallalong Urban Release Area

The NSW Department of Planning & Environment announced this month that it will not be supporting a planning proposal to rezone 620 hectares of rural land for urban development at  Wallalong in the Port Stephens local government area.

Port Stephens Council had sought approval to prepare an amendment to its local environmental plan to rezone the land for urban purposes to facilitate more than 3,000 new homes.

A department spokesperson said Council has been advised to undertake further  strategic work – including addressing infrastructure requirements and funding  mechanisms, environmental constraints and residential supply and demand – prior to  resubmitting a new planning proposal.

“After careful deliberation, we have found that this key work should be carried out  prior to any further consideration,” the spokesperson said.

“The planning proposal also pre-empts the strategic work being carried out on the  draft Lower Hunter Regional Growth Plan, which will guide planning in the region and  inform decisions on service and infrastructure delivery.”

The department identified that any future planning proposal for Wallalong will need to address the ability of Council and the State Government to service other land release areas that have already been rezoned.