The motion was moved by the Deputy Mayor, Cr John Arkan and seconded by Cr Sally Townley.
Cr Keith Rhoades said it set a dangerous precedent to start allocating specific funds so far ahead and the study might cost more than $150,000, but his proposal that the motion be to 'consider the allocation of funds' was unsuccessful.
Sapphire land owners Grenville Duce and Peter Wardman addressed the councillors, saying that Sapphire residents had been waiting for many years to have their land rezoned and had been repeatedly rebuffed and they wanted the council to honour its 2009 undertaking to review the Rural Residential Strategy when one of three trigger points was reached.
The triggers were completion of the Pacific Hwy upgrade; release of the 2011 census data and the year 2014.
Mr Duce said the census data was received by the council 12 months ago.