A huge “green belt” is one of the main features of the long-term vision for the Lake Munmorah region, in a structure plan soon to be released for public consultation by Central Coast Council.
The 1,341ha study area for the Draft Greater Lake Munmorah Structure Plan encompasses Lake Munmorah, Doyalson North, Chain Valley Bay, Kingfisher Shores, and a small area of Crangan Bay.
A green belt, or biodiversity corridor, takes up a huge portion of that area through the middle of the study area.
A report to Council’s Ordinary Meeting on March 11 stated that Council recognised the importance of developing a long term vision and principles for the future development of Greater Lake Munmorah, to guide land use and growth in a sustainable fashion.
The key factors in that plan are to: Facilitate growth for short, medium and long term to ensure orderly development of land; Provide greater certainty to land owners, the community, industry groups with regard to land use options; Enhance quality of life through opportunities to improve the recreation network including playgrounds, sports grounds, shared pathways; and, Promote natural features including waterfront areas, public reserves and wildlife corridors.
The plan has a series of precincts and are: 1. Green Corridor, 2. Employment Lands, 3. Kingfisher Shores, 4. Sportsground, 5. Saliena Ave, 6. Kamilaroo Ave, 7. Chain Valley Bay, 8. Northern Lake Munmorah, 9. Southern Lake Munmorah and, 10. Carters Rd School Precinct.
The Green Corridor is mostly heavily vegetated land which is predominantly owned by the Crown, Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council or Central Coast Council.
The aim is to protect this land from future development and or it to be retained as biodiversity conservation.
Precinct 2 is earmarked for industrial use.
The Carters Rd Precinct is planned to get a major overhaul with new through roads connecting to Chain Valley Bay Rd and Tall Timbers Rd, a network of pathways to connect the four schools in Carters Rd with the local centre, and there is potential for a Darkinjung residential subdivision coupled with new recreation and play spaces.
The Draft Greater Lake Munmorah Structure Plan is now ready for community consultation and will be released for public exhibition in about six weeks.
There will be two community workshops to include and encourage key stakeholders and the broader community to participate in, while working parents will be accommodated by an after hours workshop.
When the draft plan was considered by Council at its March 11 meeting, two main areas of concern were raised.
A Carters Rd resident, Stuart Durie, addressed Council regarding the Green Corridor encroaching on his privately owned land.
He said that in previous consultation with Council officers, there was an undertaking that there would not be green corridors through private property and he was now seeking an amendment to the Green Corridor boundary in the draft plan.
Councillor, Greg Best, said at the meeting that the former Wyong Council had resolved in 2007 to prohibit green corridors on private land and he believed the present council was bound by that resolution.
Durie is also the Secretary of the Lake Munmorah Progress Association and said that he believed there was “widespread angst” demonstrated on social media about the flood mapping in the plan, and residents were worried about the possible effects of rising sea levels on the low lying areas around Lake Munmorah, especially Anita Ave.
Council Director, Environment and Planning, Scott Cox, said “this is just the starting point….it’s a 20 year vision….and through further scientific research, ecological assessments and assessment of the proposal in greater detail, there may be slight changes”.
“This is a very high level guiding principle which is looking at the greater good for the Lake Munmorah area so that it is not developed in an ad hoc way.
“We are taking submissions and staff will review them on merit and report back to Councillors for consideration,” Cox said.
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