Rezoning plans on the agenda

A PUBLIC meeting will be held at the Ballina RSL Club on February 16 for residents interested in how the proposed rezoning of land in the shire to E2 and E3 environmental protection areas could affect them.

The meeting has been organised by the Ballina Ratepayers Association in reaction to the shire's proposed new Local Environment Plan.

The draft plan has been adopted by Ballina Shire Council and is soon to be sent to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure to be considered by the Minister.

President of the Ballina Ratepayers, Ross Porter, said the proposed rezonings could affect 1000 properties - both private and business - within the shire.

He said the rezonings would have a negative impact on property values and operational abilities.

Local town planner Steve Connelly will address the meeting, which will start at 6.30pm.

Council's group manager-strategic services, Steve Barnier, said there were "two comprehensive exhibitions" in the preparation of the draft LEP, as well as formal newspaper advertising, a project-specific website, more than 30 reports in council business papers and a community forum.

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