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A rezoning in the Southern Highlands will release new greenfields land that will deliver new housing choice for the region.

The Department of Planning and Environment’s Executive Director of Regions, Steve Murray, said the land release in Moss Vale, known as Coomungie-Chelsea Gardens, will help address the shortfall of supply in the area.

“The Department has rezoned part of the 124 hectares of land at Moss Vale from rural to low density residential which will deliver greater housing opportunities for the people of the Southern Highlands,” Mr Murray said.

“The site was strategically identified by council as an urban release area suitable for residential development and this land release will provide new homes, jobs and parks for the local community, once developed.”

“The Department has clearly identified there is a need for additional housing in the area and are confident that any of the concerns that were raised during the community consultation process can be addressed.”

Wingecarribee Shire Council publicly exhibited the proposal between October and November 2015 and received 90 submissions from the local community.

The feedback, including traffic impacts, has been considered by the Department and addressed through ongoing consultation with council and the Roads and Maritime Services. Additional road infrastructure will be put in place to provide access solutions.

A Development Control Plan will be prepared for the site before any development can occur and this will include access arrangements and the provision of open space.

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