More planning reforms proposed

19th Apr 2022

The reform agenda of the newly elected Armidale Regional Council continues with another unanimous resolution to make more changes to local planning laws. The employment zone reforms propose a wider range of land uses for business and commercial zones in Armidale and Guyra as well as focusing on encouraging activation of town centres and enabling residential infill development in the Armidale CBD area.
ARC Mayor Sam Coupland said that Council would continue to drive a brave reform agenda to unshackle a local economy that has flat lined over the last 20 years and set the region on a path for success in the coming decades.
“The new Council is committed to delivering a local planning system that invites opportunity in and this latest package of reforms along with our agritourism package and LEP merge project continue us on that journey.
“We know that CBDs all over the country are struggling even in places where the population is booming. Town centres are changing, this has been accelerated by COVID and will continue.
“Only part of the centre’s role will be retail so we are now enabling a wide variety of new land uses to come to our CBD,” concluded Mayor Coupland.
Council will now refer the proposed reforms to the NSW Government to seek their endorsement prior to them coming into effect.