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South Tralee Queanbeyan Local Environmental Plan Approved

South Tralee rezoning approved and welcomed by Queanbeyan City Council

Queanbeyan Mayor, Tim Overall has welcomed NSW Planning Minister Brad Hazzard’s decision to approve the Queanbeyan Local Environmental Plan (South Tralee).

Minister Hazzard announced today that in approving the rezoning plan with conditions, residential development could proceed in the new release area of South Tralee as identified in the previously approved Queanbeyan Residential and Economic Strategy 2031.

In welcoming Minister Hazzard’s decision Cr Overall said “the South Tralee project has been subject to the most thorough planning and community consultation program for a project of its size. Following a lengthy period of due diligence review, the Minister’s green light means that Queanbeyan’s long term Residential and Economic Growth Strategy can proceed in an orderly manner with housing affordability and choice being assured.

“South Tralee has been subject to 10 years of planning to provide a second Queanbeyan residential land release area of approximately 1,100 dwellings and a site for a secondary school – all outside Canberra Airport’s “ultimate capacity” ANEF 25 aircraft noise corridor. The Minister’s decision is a conservative approach meaning the development more than complies with the nationally recognised and already strict planning requirements for urban planning in the vicinity of airports.

“This is a sound and responsible win-win decision which allows for the growth and expansion of Queanbeyan and also the expansion of the Canberra Airport to meet its own ultimate capacity projections without detriment.

“Argument often put forward and based around non-ANEF standards such as “under flight paths or high noise corridors” are somewhat emotive and have no standing with regard to current legislation or government policy. No houses will be built under designated flight paths.

Queanbeyan City Council General Man-ager, Mr Gary Chapman said he was pleased to finally hear a decision on the matter.

“Queanbeyan City Council has invested a significant amount of resources to South Tralee,” Mr Chapman said. “I must commend our staff for the effort they have put into the development of this Local Environmental Plan and they will continue to work on aspects of the development such as the Development Control Plan and associated plans over the coming years.”

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