Moama land re-zoned to cater for growth
Land at Moama has been rezoned to support up to 200 new homes and cater for the expected growth of the town. NSW Planning Minister Tony Kelly recently approved the rezoning of 27 hectares of village land for residential use at Moama. The approval followed a request from Murray Shire Council to amend the Murray Local Environmental Plan (LEP). ``We are talking about the land along Perricoota Rd. It's an area council has been talking to developers for some time and the area required changes from the minister. We sought his permission and it was given,'' Murray Shire Council mayor Graeme Shiells said. Mr Kelly said his decision would promote continued growth and investment in Moama. ``This land is located between two existing residential areas and is a logical precinct for infill residential development,'' he said. ``Moama has very limited land available that is not potentially affected by flooding, but this area is above the predicted flood levels. ``The location is also consistent with the overall pattern of development moving to the west of Moama and will support between 150 and 200 new homes. ``The council is proposing to consider a range of different lot sizes for the area, with a focus on ensuring lot sizes which are compatible with the surrounding areas to maintain the existing aesthetic features and character.'' While council has emphasised it wants to keep a rural feel in Moama, a number of residents close to Perricoota Rd have attended past council meetings to expressed their concerns with the area becoming too populated. Cr Shiells said council wanted to support existing residents’ needs, while still enticing others to move into the town. ``Council will negotiate with developers and get closer to the development idea to see if it will be suitable for that land because it still needs approval from council,'' he said. ``I understand the development is to cater for the wider community to come to Moama because some like larger blocks, and others, smaller blocks (but) there has to be transitional areas. ``And it has to fit in with surrounding areas and neighbours, and they have to cater for traffic.'' Cr Shiells said residents concerned about excessively small blocks being build, should not be worried. ``Eventually there will be suitable blocks for a wider range of people for a good spread of rural living (because) the developers are just widening their options, but these don't include small cottage blocks,'' he said. ``I don't think it would be suitable in that area.''