Moama land re-zoned to cater for growth

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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.''

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