Residents fight expansion
Washdyke residents are appealing to the Environment Court against the Timaru District Council's plans to increase the industrial area next to their homes.
In November, independent commissioner Allan Cubitt approved the Washdyke industrial zone plan change allowing the district council to add 120 hectares to the industrial zone.
Plan change 14 will re-zone land zoned Rural 1, Rural 2 and Recreation 2 to Industrial L andH. The land is located east of State Highway 1 and south of Aorangi Road at Washdyke.
Yesterday the Washdyke Residents' Group appealed against the council's decision before Environment Court commission- ers Eileen Von Dadelszen and John Mills and Judge Laurie Newhook.
The group has requested a "buffer zone" between the rural residential and industrial zones, if the re-zoning went ahead.
A plan was discussed for Rooney Holdings,which owned a proportion of the re-zoned land, to tarseal around its boundary.
However, owner Gary Rooney was not at the hearing, so the matter was adjourned until a later date for all parties to provide additional information.
A bund was also discussed, which would see an earth wall constructed on the boun- dary.
At present, the plan only allows a five-metre setback with trees. .
Last year the scheme change attracted 141 submissions, the largest received by the district council on a planning matter.
Of those, 101 submitters opposed the scheme change, while only two gave the scheme change unconditional support.
Objections raised to the plan change included noise, vibration, odour, visual amenity, traffic, dust, devaluation of properties, loss of rural outlook, and the lack of a buffer zone between residential and industrial zones.
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