MANY years ago much of Swansea was rezoned to encourage dual occupancy.
Later some of this land was rezoned to allow up to three-storey residential flats while dual occupancy was no longer permitted here.
Now Lake Macquarie City Council is not even allowing dual occupancy where it had been permitted, for example in Catherine Street (‘‘Sea-level tack ‘madness’’’ Herald 25/7).
Belmont 16 Footers owns the three-hectare site of the former Swansea Bowling Club.
This site is quite close to the disputed site in Catherine Street. Has council made this three-hectare site worthless as it can never be developed?
Council’s sea-level rise flood plans for 2100 are already being used to justify increased insurance costs.
What council is not revealing is that present day flood risks, after very heavy rain, are being made worse by council approving large-scale new developments such as the one near Cooranbong.
The state government is avoiding its responsibilities by leaving it up to councils to formulate their own individual plans for future sea-level rise thus resulting in this confusing madness.