Water is­sues raised in pro­file

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

Al­low­ing ru­ral life­style lots close to set­tle­ment and along water cour­ses, and re­duc­ing the build­ing set­back from wa­ter­ways are among is­sues raised in Mur­ray River Coun­cil’s Strate­gic Plan­ning Re­view Lo­cal Pro­file.

Mayor Chris Bilkey said com­mu­nity feed­back on the draft pro­file helped high­light is­sues to con­sider in the de­vel­op­ment of coun­cil’s new Land Use Strat­egy.

Some of the other com­mon points apart from the above raised from the com­mu­nity in­clude:

Rec­on­cile and re­duce the min­i­mum lot size for the sub­di­vi­sion of ru­ral land to per­mit dwellings.

Per­mit dwelling en­ti­tle­ments on small ru­ral lots.

Con­sider ac­com­mo­da­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties for work­ers as­so­ci­ated with emerg­ing agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries, ie. the al­mond farms in the vicin­ity of Too­ley­buc, Ko­raleigh and Good­night.

Re­view reg­u­la­tions on moor­ings in the Mur­ray River near Barham and pro­vide de­vel­op­ment guid­ance.

Con­sider the spa­tial and com­mu­nity cross-bor­der re­la­tion­ships and de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Al­low for ex­plo­ration and pro­tec­tion of ac­cess to min­eral re­sources.

Changes and cor­rec­tions to com­mer­cial and agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment in Moulamein.

Changes and cor­rec­tions to the clas­si­fied road sys­tem.

Im­ple­ment buf­fers to sep­a­rate in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment from other land uses to pre­vent con­flict.

Fol­low­ing feed­back, some amend­ments were made to the Lo­cal Pro­file to cap­ture the cur­rent state of af­fairs be­fore adop­tion by coun­cil.

The Lo­cal Pro­file is the first stage of a plan­ning scheme re­view of the for­mer Mur­ray and Wakool Shire coun­cils, and aims to con­sol­i­date the schemes into one pol­icy. It iden­ti­fies cur­rent facts about land and man­age­ment is­sues, with statis­tics around land use, the com­mu­nity, the econ­omy, the en­vi­ron­ment and trends in in­di­vid­ual com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘While there is a ro­bust amount of plan­ning and pol­icy frame­work that guides land use plan­ning and man­age­ment, the re­view process en­abled us to cap­ture the plan­ning is­sues in in­di­vid­ual com­mu­ni­ties and across our coun­cil as a whole,’’ Cr Bilkey said.

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