Southern RiversCatchment Management Authority (CMA) has been contacted by local landownersregarding a submission to the Draft Palerang Local Environmental Plan (LEP).
As a StatutoryAuthority with obligations under the Native Vegetation Act 2003, SouthernRivers CMA is required to make submission to LEPs within the bounds of itstechnical and policy framework. All NSWCouncils have been required by NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure toreview LEPs over the past five years.
Southern RiversCMA Chair, Pam Green said that following consideration of concerns expressed bysome local landowners, the CMA was amending the current submission to enablerestructure of the technical advice requested by council and removing detailedproperty information and recommendations.This action recognises that property level consultation and decisionmaking on land use zoning is the role of local government.
“Local governmenthas the responsibility for land use planning under direction of the Departmentof Planning and Infrastructure and the environmental overlays that inform theimplementation of the Native Vegetation Act 2003 is one of the elementsrequired to be considered when weighing up the social, economic andenvironmental balance in making an LEP,” Mrs Green said.
“Southern RiversCMA has been a strong supporter of farmers and general landowners in managingtheir enterprises for profitability and to prepare their land to withstand thechallenges of climate variability and other pressures.
“We are veryconscious of the dissatisfaction that the submission has caused. Unfortunately, it has also raised concernsaround locating emergency services and public benefit infrastructure. Our recommendations simply indicate that whenconsidering where to place these assets on public land, attention should bepaid to avoid areas of high conservation value.Links to fact sheets are available on the CMA’s website: www.southern.cma.nsw.gov.au
“As soon as theCMA became aware of the community concern, we spoke with Palerang ShireCouncil, the Office of Environment and Heritage and Department of Planning andInfrastructure regarding the need for accurate and timely information beingavailable to landowners regarding any implications of proposed zonings. Community consultation regarding land usezones is the responsibility of local government.”
SRCMA amends it’s PLEP submission
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