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Bega Valley Shire Council is seeking comments on a proposed change to the Bega Valley Local Environmental Plan 2013, to enable a wider range of housing types in mixed-use commercial and residential development in the local B2 center area.

The council’s director of community, environment and planning, Dr Alice Howe, said that “this means that a wider range of housing types will be allowed in certain city centers, provided that they are integrated into mixed-use developments “.

She said the only forms of residential housing allowed in the local B2 center areas in the city centers of Bega, Bermagui, Eden, Merimbula, Pambula and Tathra are prime housing and boarding houses.

“The changes we are proposing will ensure that active street frontages are maintained in these commercial areas while providing accommodation options for key workers, business owners and the aging population above or behind commercial premises. “

Dr Howe said Council continues to explore measures to support an increase in the diversity of the housing stock to meet the needs of people who live and work in the county.

The proposal states that development permission would not be granted for the purposes of a dwelling house, double occupancy dwelling, multiple dwelling or residential building, unless the ground floor facing the street does not have a commercial establishment or health services in operation.

The proposal was brought forward to be consistent with the Council’s 2040 Commercial Land, Residential Land and Community of Bega Valley Shire Strategic Plans, as well as the Strategic Planning Statement.

The seventh strategy of the Housing Strategy was a recommendation that changes should be made to environmental planning and zoning requirements in order to increase the supply of well-located, smaller strata housing.

“We need to improve housing diversity, especially housing suitable for the elderly, people with disabilities and the workforce rental market,” said Dr Howe.

“The plan we are proposing addresses this housing need and gives people the opportunity to live closer to the goods and services they need.

Comments on the urban planning project are welcome during the exhibition period which runs until Sunday January 23, 2022.

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