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New planning provisions to have no impact on Heritage Estates

Shoalhaven City Council has today explained that the NSW Government’s new planning provisions for some paper subdivisions will have no impact on the Heritage Estates and minimal potential impact across the rest of the Shoalhaven.

Council’s Strategy Planning Manager, Gordon Clark advised that the new provisions will only be applicable in certain circumstances and may never be used.

“The provisions do not change the merit assessment process first required to rezone land in paper subdivisions and are not relevant if the land is unsuitable for development due to legal and environmental constraints,” said Mr Clark.

“The new provisions really only provide a mechanism to help realise development after any land is rezoned.

“This means that the new provisions are definitely not relevant to the Heritage Estates paper subdivision at Jervis Bay.”

“That land is heavily constrained under both State and Federal legislation and no rezoning to provide for residential development would be permissible under the new planning provisions.”

“Instead, Council has resolved to rezone the land to Environmental Conservation in the near future to protect its high environmental values and as part of Council’s commitment to the current voluntary acquisition project.”

Mr Clark said that more than 1,000 individuals own land at the controversial Heritage Estates at Jervis Bay.

Last year, the Australian Government made a $5.5 million grant offer through the Caring for our Country program for lots to be purchased and protected as part of Jervis Bay National Park.

Landowners have an opportunity to sell their land for $5000 per lot through this voluntary land purchase project, which is being administered by the not-for-profit Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife.

The Foundation’s CEO, Susanna Bradshaw urged landowners not to misinterpret the new planning provisions.

“Heritage Estates landowners should not put false hope in the new provisions as they clearly don’t apply in their situation,” said Ms Bradshaw.

“I encourage owners to carefully consider the current offer to buy their lots, and get in before the 30 June end date for the project.”

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