In 2004 a comprehensive Local Environmental Study (LES) was prepared to support the rezoning of ‘Area E’ to accurately reflect its ability to accommodate urban land uses and environmental qualities of the land . In October 2007, the findings of the LES were realised through the gazettal of an amendment to the Tweed Local Environmental Plan 2000. This amendment gave rise to the zonings applicable to Area E and included an area specific clause requiring, amongst others, the preparation of a Development Control Plan. Council’s Planning Reforms Unit is currently preparing an Area E Urban Release Area Code (the Code) to satisfy this requirement and provide the framework for managing growth in Area E into the future. Figure 1 identifies the boundary of the Area E Urban Release Area.
The Code is being prepared on the basis of extensive analysis and stakeholder input in regard to a wide range of key issues, including traffic and transport, community facilities, retail and employment opportunities, urban development and density, built form, landscape and environmental protection.
Based on those findings, the Code will provide policy guidance in relation to a number of key strategy areas. These include:
- Urban Structure
- Built form
- Traffic and Transport
- Open Space
- Social Infrastructure
- Other land constraints
- Developer Contributions
The following timeline briefly details the progress of Area E:
- 19 July 2000 - Tweed Shire Council resolved to prepare a draft Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Local Environmental Study (LES) for land identified in Tweed Shire's Residential Development Strategy as Area E.
- 2004 - A comprehensive Local Environmental Study (LES) was prepared to support the rezoning of ‘Area E’ to accurately reflect its ability to accommodate urban land uses and environmental qualities of the land.
- 2004 – Council adopts ‘Tweed Futures 04/24 Plan’ which identifies Area E as one of several critical areas needed to enable population growth through urban consolidation, stating;
- Council will liaise with developers to seek the timely release of zoned urban land to meet market needs. Master Plans for Kings Forest, Bilambil Heights (subject to adequate road access) and 'Area E' at Terranora (subject to rezoning) will be completed as quickly as possible.
- October 2007 - The findings of the LES were realised through the gazettal of an amendment to the Tweed Local Environmental Plan 2000.
- 2008 - Information submitted by the ‘Area E’ Landowners Group to advance the finalisation of the DCP.
- September 2009 - NSW Department of Planning identified a portion of ‘Area E’ as a Major Project after discussions with Metricon, the predominate landholder.
- February 2011 – Planning Reform Unit conduct first Area E landowners workshop.
- February 2011 – Part 3A Major Project for ‘Altitude Aspire’ lodged with the NSW Department of Planning with public exhibition undertaken from 25 February to 4 April 2011.
- March 2011 – Planning Reform Unit conduct second Area E landowners workshop.
Local Environment Study (LES)
Area E Council Reports