Saturday, 7 April 2012

NSW Canada Bay rezoned to block future development.

Canada Bay mayor seeks rezoning

WHETHER Kendall Bay remains marina-free is yet to be decided.

After a two-year battle and subsequent refusal of a 172-berth commercial marina by the planning department last year, the City of Canada Bay Council’s mayor has called for the area to be rezoned to block future development.

The council wants the bay to be rezoned to W2 environmental protection which prohibits marina development and ensures the bay’s future remains in the public interest, Mayor Angelo Tsikeras said.
“We don’t want to have to revisit a battle with marina developers,” he said.

You will recall that on 7 June 2011, Council resolved the following in relation to the rezoning of Kendall Bay:
"THAT a report be brought back to Council after consulting with Breakfast Point residents, Kendall Bay residents and the wider Mortlake and Cabarita community regarding the most appropriate zoning to protect Kendall Bay for future generations". 

At a recent meeting councillors agreed to urge Planning Minister Brad Hazzard and state MP for Drummoyne John Sidoti to consider the rezoning.

The council’s wishes will be considered in a broader review of all regional environmental plans, Parliamentary Secretary Craig Baumann wrote in a letter to Cr Tsikeras.

No formal rezoning application has been received by Mr Hazzard’s office, Mr Sidoti said.
“The mayor hasn’t even lodged an application to rezone the bay ... all he’s done is sent a letter and a letter doesn’t constitute a rezoning application,” he said.

Cr Tsikeras said the council was happy to do anything required to ensure the rezoning. “If the state member or the minister are talking about a formal application ... we are happy to fill that out as well,” he said.

■ The council refused a 172-berth marina last June. It was considered that management of contaminated sediment was too risky and the plan was inconsistent with objectives to protect the harbour. 

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