Worry over rezoning

Mike Yalden (front) with fellow Kiama residents concerned about the proposed development. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Mike Yalden (front) with fellow Kiama residents concerned about the proposed development. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

THE rezoning of the site of a proposed 98-lot subdivision off Jamberoo Road has been endorsed by Kiama Council, but residents claim it will result in hazardous traffic conditions.

At last Tuesday night's meeting, the council endorsed a planning proposal for the site, between the Cedar Ridge Estate and the Cedar Grove Estate, to be re-zoned from rural to low density residential.

Applicant White Constructions Pty Ltd provided a concept plan for the nine-hectare site, which comprises about 98 lots varying in size from 300 square metres to more than 2000 square metres, accessible from Lilly Pilly Way.

Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler said the site had been identified in the Kiama Urban Strategy.

The planning proposal for the lots was supported for gateway consideration by council last September.

The Department of Planning and Infrastructure later granted a gateway determination.

Forty-three submissions were received during the draft proposal's public exhibition, including 30 objections to various aspects, eight objections to the whole proposal and one in support.

"Some of these issues will be able to be resolved as a part of any future DAs should the planning proposal be successful," the council's report stated.

Cr Petschler said although endorsed for re-zoning consideration, the proposal would be assessed via a separate development application and consultation process.

"The developer agreed to look at issues raised by the residents," he said.

However, Cedar Grove residents believe the proposal would create hazardous traffic.

The Cedar Grove estate currently contains 63 residential lots and a 20-dwelling medium density development.

A traffic assessment indicates traffic volumes in Cedar Grove will increase from 770 vehicles a day to 1750 a day due to the development.

"The number of vehicles is not in itself a problem, it is simply a question of can the roads handle the traffic safely?" Lilly Pilly Action Committee spokesman Mike Yalden said.

"We say absolutely not."

Mr Yalden said members "have no objection to the development per se".

They believed access to the proposed estate should be to the south of the site, via an unformed paper road known as Cuba Street, and Bland Street.

"As concerned Kiama residents we applaud the use of land such as this for development, but not at the cost of the personal safety and absolute loss of amenity for those residents," Mr Yalden said.

Resident Chris Russell said access from Jamberoo Road through the existing Cedar Grove estate was concerning.

"At present the only access shown is via Banksia Drive from the new roundabout on Jamberoo Road, which is at most only three cars wide. Currently two cars cannot pass each other if there is a parked car on Banksia Drive."

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