This Thursday 10 December’s last council meeting for 2020 quite possibly sets a record for the most pages on a Council agenda at Xmas time.
By the Editor
All 2017 pages of them. Yes, you read that right.
And if you were the suspicious type you might even be inclined to think this is a classic example of rushing through things before Council goes into a recess until 11 February next.
You might even be inclined to think it is a classic example of Council’s Executives applying the old ‘mushroom growing’ technique to Councillors.
One item in particular, brought to CCO‘s attention is BS20/73 Proponent Led Planning Proposal – Request to Amend Local Environmental Plan 2013 – Coffs Harbour Airport Enterprise Park.
This is where council is asking to be able to rezone it’s own land at the airport from an aviation specific zoning to one that can be used for industrial and business use instead.
Now, for whatever reason, you might want to, ‘have your say about this’. And fair enough, that is your right after all.
So what time and time period do you think would be reasonable for this exhibition and consultation?
Well Geoff Smythe and Associates, the town planning consultants hired by Council, has given us an answer. Fourteen (14) days is plenty. And it probably is.
And the time for community feedback is December 2020.
This in turn makes up part of the recommendation Councillors will be asked to vote on this Thursday.
So the ideal time for community exhibition and consultation is presumably from 11 December until 25 December. Also known as Xmas. See Part 5, Page 15 of their report at the above link.
Then a report will be given to Council by the consultants in January 2021. Which we here at CCO are willing to bet will have little in it about feedback from the community.
Many citizens and ratepayers have questioned just how ‘fair dinkum’ Council is about ‘consultation’, especially in regards to the CCS and the airport.
One suspects the above answers that question.
And apparently what we have just outlined happens Xmas/New Year after Xmas/New Year. Without fail
Want to make a submission on the airport Enterprise park re-zoning? Forget about your ham and turkey for a while then.