Council Rezoning of land - square pegs in round holes?
Following the amalgamation of Gosford and Wyong into Central Coast, the new Council needed to bring their two different zoning systems into one. As Wyong had adopted the newer State standard, it was decided to move Gosford zonings to match the Wyong zonings. But with an imperfect match, it looks a bit like square pegs in round holes. The pegs fit, but not very well.
One of the joys of MacMasters Beach is its large amount of “environmental” land and the Association believes this must be protected to retain its character and amenity. Ensuring like-for-like rezoning is one way to do that. However, there is not a perfect match and the changes have thrown up some anomalies.
Gosford started the process of updating six years ago but deferred the matter to be resolved by February 2019. In December 2018, Council advertised new zonings as a Consolidated Local Environmental Plan (LEP).
The Association noted that there were several redefined zonings that were not reasonable like-for-like, resulting in potentially considerable change to the character of land. One of the most glaring was rezoning our Cockrone Lagoon (a designated wetland on National Significance). It had previously and erroneously been zoned Land, but they did not take the opportunity to rezone it Waterway.
Council also announced that it would reduce the minimum block size for our area from Gosford’s 550 sq m and adopt Wyong’s minimum block size of 450 sq m. This would be at odds with Council’s MacMasters Beach Character Statement.
With that background, the Association attended a public meeting on 6 February and made a submission to Council on 28 February (link)
At the Council meeting of 22 July, Council resolved to (in summary):
Below is the Associations submission of 28 February
Annual General Meeting
Held at 7.30pm, 25 February 2019 at the Progress Hall.
The following were appointed:
Development at 77 Marine Pde
This site has been a matter on concern for some time. Development ceased some years ago and the site remains a "whole in the ground" and is an unkempt eyesore.
The Association would like to see the site developed, but only in a way that does not detract from the amenity of MacMasters Beach and is consistent with Council's planning laws..
The ‘new’ DA 51209 advertised in Dec 2016 and Feb 2017 was finally refused early this year after the Association and individual community members made over 80 submissions against the development.
Where to now?
It could be debated that the original development approval in 2006/7 that has commenced could be recommenced? or there could be a completely new development application.
Next General Meeting 23 Sept 2019
The next General Meeting of the Association will be
Next meetings will be same time, same place on:
October Long Weekend -