Ballina councillor wants to ban McMansions

Worth the view? A three-storey seaside home.
Worth the view? A three-storey seaside home.

COUNCILLOR Jeff Johnson has lodged a notice of motion to restrict three-storey 'McMansions', to be debated at this week's Ballina Shire Council meeting.

"It has been a long-held position within the Ballina Shire that residential properties should be limited to two storeys," Cr Johnson said.

"This was clearly stated in Ballina's 1987 LEP and has been supported by successive councils ever since."

"Unfortunately, council's current LEP assesses building height and bulk differently. The way the document is currently written allows McMansion-style development to occur in our residential areas.

"I don't believe that council should be encouraging the construction of three story homes that are very large and bulky. These types of developments negatively impact on the local amenity and have privacy and overshadowing issues for existing homes."

"I have previously asked council to consider making an amendment to our local Development Control Plans, without the support of the majority of councillors.

"This time I'm asking for similar changes to be incorporated into our Local Environmental Plan, which carries more weight when it comes to council rejecting developments which are excessive and out of character with the surrounding homes."

"I don't think anyone wants to wake up one day and find out that a 3-storey building with 8.5m walls is going to be constructed 900mm from their property boundary, potentially blocking out views and creating overshadowing and privacy issues."

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