Mooball plans on the moo-ve
AFTER more than six years in negotiation, a planning agreement paving the way for a new development in the quaint village of Mooball has been given the green light.
The Mooball Planning Agreement between Tweed Shire Council, developer Jefferson Land and landowners the Pirlo family was supported by elected representatives by a vote of 4:2 at Thursday's council meeting.
Mayor Katie Mine and Cr Gary Bagnall voted against the plan for the 22-hectare site adjoining Mooball-Pottsville Rd.
In August 2015, councillors supported a move to rezone the land from rural to residential, with 450sq m block sizes. The decision is now subject to approval by the NSW Government, along with the planning agreement.
Final lot sizes and configuration will not be known until the DA is lodged.
Cr Milne called for an amendment for a workshop to clarify concerns raised by residents including that the plan had no flooding, fire or soil contaminant testing.
"This is a development that will vastly change the tiny, rural village - it only has 30 houses, with residents raising issues they have never got traction on," Cr Milne said.
The mayor was supported by Cr Bagnall who said the Chapman family, owners of a rural block in the plan, wanted a larger buffer between their rooster farm and the development than the 50m currently allowed.
But councillors Carolyne Byrne, Warren Polglase and Phil Youngblutt said further testing could be done at the development application stage and the buffer had been signed off on.
"There has been a concerted effort by a small group of people against this development," Cr Youngblutt said.
"Villages like this and Burringbar are dying, they need things like this to keep them going."
Cr Milne urged flood and fire tests should be done ahead of any DAs but Cr Barry Longland argued negotiations were finalised.
"The urban expansion has been happening in Mooball for 20 years, it's part of the Far North Coast Regional Plan," Cr Longland said.
"This proposal has been before council since 2010 and it's time to put it to the next step."
The developer is now expected to lodge DAs for the site and report on its progress annually.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated the rezoning had already been approved by the NSW Government.