While all councillors expressed concern at the hazard of having only one entrance to Cedar Grove II, most are sceptical a proposal to rezone a neighbouring parcel of land residential would be the way to achieve the outcome.
The proposal, backed by Councillor Warren Steel, is that in return for the developer getting the right for a twenty lot sub-division, the developer would provide an alternate entry into Cedar Grove II at no cost to Council.
While the proposal was referred to staff for assessment, it is unlikely to be a solution for a variety of reasons, particularly the land being outside of the Kiama border and not earmarked in the Urban Strategy.
At Public Access, Cedar Grove resident Mike Yalden spoke about the incidents that have already happened and the potential for gridlock in an emergency.
Mayor Mark Honey agrees and says he will also have staff look into developing emergency access routes.
“Even if this proposal is the solution, it will take years to come to fruition,” he says. “We need to prepare now.”