** PLEASE REFER TO THE INYADDA DRIVE PLANNING PROPOSAL TABS UNDER “CORRESPONDENCE IN” AND “CORRESPONDENCE OUT” FOR MORE INFORMATION **
On Friday 15 November 2019, RHVA members met with the developers, JWD, and their consultants, GHD, to receive an update on the biodiversity assessment of the Inyadda Drive site, presented by Daniel Williams from GHD.
Key points presented at this meeting are as follows:
- GHD are finalising the Biodiversity Certification Assessment Report (BCAR), with feedback and assistance from the Biodiversity Conservation Division of the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment (which took over the function of the Office of Environment and Heritage in July 2019), and from Shoalhaven Council. Under current legislation, this report will address biodiversity issues applying to all stages of the development (i.e. there will not need to be further assessments done at the DA stage)
- The BCAR will determine the number of biodiversity “credits” associated with the flora and fauna within the development footprint, which will determine the biodiversity offsets that need to be accessed by JWD in order to develop the land. JWD/GHD expect that the bulk of these offsets will come from the “conservation land” on the site (i.e. land between the development footprint and the site boundary), though there may be a shortfall, meaning that additional offsets will need to be accessed from elsewhere
- A stewardship agreement will be developed to cover management of the conservation land. Management will be covered by a trust fund, established by the developers. The stewardship agreement is assessed by the Biodiversity Conservation Trust. One of their requirements is that the trust fund is adequate to ensure ongoing management of the conservation land.
- The BCAR will be submitted to the Department and Council in the next month or so. This will be followed by a period of evaluation, including community consultation. It is anticipated that this period will be 41 days (to be confirmed). RHVA members requested at the meeting that this period be kept separate from the Christmas/school holiday period so that people have appropriate opportunity to scrutinise the report.
- RHVA members also requested that the developers seek to preserve the biodiversity value of the development footprint (e.g. preservation of green corridors) as much as possible, and not just rely on offsetting.
- JWD advised that a number of other reports have been or are will shortly be finalised, including water/sewer/power, traffic, geotech/acid sulphates and heritage.
- To keep up to date with the latest council activity relating to this development, please check the SCC Get Involved Page, and subscribe on this page for automatic updates.
Following receipt by SCC of over 400 responses to the community survey on the Inyadda Drive Planning Proposal (rezoning), which were de-identified and shared with the proponent for review, the proponent has submitted a new footprint for the rezoning:
For further information from council on how things proceed from here, and to sign-up for automatic updates, please visit the project page on Council’s Get Involved website.
NB On 4 July 2019, JWD projects (proponents), GHD (consultants engaged by JWD) and RVHA representatives met to discuss the new footprint and current situation. Notes from that meeting, prepared by GHD, can be found here: 4 July RHVA JWD DHG Meeting 2_Meeting notes
JWD/GHD have asked RHVA to direct people to their website for their updates – www.northmanyana.com.au
“Manyana and Cunjurong Point will offer a relaxed place to live and visit, with a clear focus on beach and water recreation. A diversity of housing, in combination with great services and amenities, and a locally-respectful retail centre will offer all the necessary essentials for local residents and visitors. Beach style housing with a mix of materials and coastal colours will maintain the place’s informal character, and appeal to people seeking the relaxed way of life that the settlements are known for. The hilly topography will continue to offer elevated views to the ocean, including the popular Inyadda Beach.”
“Bendalong will maintain its secluded and easygoing character. With a focus on the immersive natural surrounds, this small village will offer convenient access to stunning beaches and the surrounding bushland, offering a diversity of recreational activities, particularly in summer. Bendalong Point and Boat Harbour Beach will be promoted as popular destinations, well-equipped with basic amenities and conveniently located proximate to holiday parks. Buildings will display a coastal material palette and building style, with modest low-rise dwellings featuring flat and gabled roofs and a mix of fibro and weatherboard. Streets will further promote the relaxed and natural character, with lots of natural landscaping and tall street trees.”