MidCoast Council planning and natural systems acting director, Paul De Szell says any changes to the Great Lakes Development Control Plan must be undertaken in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.
“This requires public notification and community consultation which is the point when members of the community will have the opportunity to have input,” Mr De Szell said.
Members of the community will have the opportunity to comment on proposed changes to tree and vegetation controls in the Great Lakes, during a planned community consultation program.
A decision to remove tree and vegetation controls from the Great Lakes Development Control Plan by councillors at the September monthly ordinary meeting.
This requires public notification and community consultation which is the point when members of the community will have the opportunity to have input.Paul De Szell
This action is intended to bring the Great Lakes in line with the Manning and Gloucester areas, which do not have tree protection controls.
Mr De Szell said it was important to note that the current controls in the Great Lakes will remain in force until the development control plan is formally amended.
Councillors also resolved to workshop the establishment of a significant tree register and investigate other ways in which significant trees can be protected.
No timeframe has been set at this stage for the notification period or the workshop.