The public gallery was full for Tuesday night's meeting of Lismore City Council - its last meeting before going into caretaker mode prior to the September local government elections.
The biggest item on the agenda was the proposed meditation centre and land sharing community at Fox Road - rejected unanimously by Council.
Many submissions had been made for and against the proposed development, which would have accommodated a maximum of 90 people (staff and participants) while the land sharing community would have comprised 13 dwellings.
It was refused due to non-compliance by its proponent on several grounds, though consultant Damian Chapelle from Newton Denny Chappelle asked for a deferment so the proponents could address issues raised in a recent letter from Council.
The reasons for refusing the application included: the capacity of Fox Road to accommodate greater traffic movements generated by the developments; impacts on native flora and fauna; removal of mature native trees and inadequate onsite sewerage management provisions.
Other key reasons in the staff report were the need for further Aboriginal cultural heritage assessments and the high level of public submissions received about the development's proposals.
The number of concerns raised by Council in a range of matters raised the broader issue of whether the site was suitable for developments of this size and nature.
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