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Have your say on Glenreagh, Maclean and Yamba DA’s by Friday

Rodney Stevens


Three Development Applications are entering their final days on public exhibition by Clarence Valley Council with public submissions closing this Friday.

The controversial expansion of Palm Lake Resort on Orion Drive has again been modified by developer Palm Lake Works Pty Ltd, reducing the number of dwellings from 81 to 78, plus a number of other changes.

The modification MOD2022/0068 on council’s website proposes changes to the clubhouse, entrance, house designs and internal layout, plus a request to change a Section 4.55(1A) Modification Application to a Section 4.55(2). 

This will see seven, single storey homes now fronting Orion Drive instead of 10 double storey houses and changes to housing design resulting in five available house types with eight different facade choices.

The change under Section 4.55 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, which allows a development consent to be modified provided it is substantially the same, is required as the development is no longer classed as 1A modification involving minimal environmental impact, it is now classed as a 2, involving more substantial modifications to a development.

The Development Application DA modification for Lots 2 and 3 Orion Drive notes council received 38 public submissions raising issues including increase in yield/density and amount of double storey dwellings, stormwater fill and flooding, Yamba Road Orion Drive intersection, a pedestrian footpath, amenity to Orion Drive and the extent of previous modifications to the DA.


Palm Lake Works have advised council the value of the development has reduced to less than $30 million due to the changes to the DA, therefore not triggering planning approval as a regionally significant development by the Northern Region Planning Panel.

“Due to the changes made in response to council’s information request, including the reduction of three dwellings and the inclusion of a single storey design, a revised CIV value has been calculated at $28,970,000,” the application states.

“As the development no longer equates to more than $30 million, the proposal doesn’t trigger Regionally Significant Development.”

Therefore, Clarence Valley Council will have to determine the modification request by Palm Lake Works.

Glenreagh DA

The Trustee for Newton Denny Chapelle Unit Trust have lodged a DA for their development ‘Farnworth’ on land at 54 Kangaroo Creek Road, Glenreagh.

Farnworth is a 155-hectare (383 acre) property at Glenreagh, a small town in the Clarence Valley in the Northern Rivers region of north-eastern New South Wales, that was gifted to the Clarence Valley Anglican School by Ted and Peggy Clarke in 2016.

The property is used by Clarence Valley Anglican School and its sister school, Coffs Harbour’s Bishop Druitt College to facilitate academic programs, outdoor education camps and co-curricular activities.

The development on behalf of Clarence Valley Anglican School and Bishop Druitt College is for a food hall, camping ground and toilets, plus a horticultural lot within an existing educational establishment, valued at approximately $380,000. 

Maclean DA

Lot 50 Iona Close Maclean is the location of an application for a 16-lot subdivision, containing 13 townhouses, retaining walls and related earthworks.

The application by Nash Project Management details eight, three-bedroom two-bathroom 147 square metre townhouses, and five, two-bedroom two-bathroom 95 square metre townhouses, with a total of 28 car parking spaces.

Council welcomes submissions from members of the community and industry stakeholders as this helps with informed and transparent decision making.

Submissions are not confidential and are considered public documents.

Submit your comments by 4pm, 14 October 2022 by clicking on the applicable DA on council’s webpage