Tree policy comment period extended
Central Coast Council has extended the period for public comment on its proposed new tree and vegetation management provisions in its Development Control Plan Chapter to January 28.
This extension, based on community feedback, will provide residents with more time to lodge a submission on "the important harmonisation" of tree and vegetation management works policies across the Central Coast, according to mayor Cr Jane Smith.
If adopted following exhibition, the existing Wyong and Gosford Development Control Plans would be amended to include the revised provisions.
Cr Smith said Council's revised policy related to urban and environmental zoned lands and required a land owner to obtain a permit before the pruning or removal of any tree or any vegetation located more than three metres from their house or other approved building, where the proposed pruning or tree removal is not covered by a set of nominated exemptions.
Council may also issue permits for minor clearing of land not associated with new development, where the clearing did not exceed the specified threshold, she said.
"The revised policy accords with recent NSW Government Land Management and Biodiversity Conservation reforms and will provide greater clarity for residents of the Central Coast."
Media release, 27 Nov 2018
Jane Smith, Central Coast Council
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