LAST Thursday, at council’s special LEP Development Committee Meeting, a small group of Shoalhaven’s councillors treated with disdain the objections of hundreds of residents and the recommendation of council’s planning staff that council “remove ‘air transport facilities’ as a permissible use (with consent) from the land use tables in RU1 and RU2 zones”.
Councillors voted four to two in favour of a motion, put by Councillor Fergusson and seconded by Councillor Proudfoot, for “the inclusion of Air Transport Facilities across the RU1 and RU2 zones in the Shoalhaven LEP”. This now leaves in place the prospect of an airport anywhere considered suitable in these zones.
From the gallery, I was appalled to observe how, in the diluted committee meeting environment with only six out of our elected 13 councillors present, the future direction of the Shoalhaven in this matter was determined. The outcome reflected neither the wishes of residents nor the recommendations of our professional council planners, but rather the will of only four councillors.
Are residents willing to put up with this “railroading”, in an important LEP process that takes our lifestyle into the next 15 years?