TWEED Shire Council will remove a school site from the Seabreeze Estate plan in an effort to incite community action.
The amendment to the Seabreeze Estate, Pottsville in the Tweed Development Control Plan 2008 will be exhibited to encourage public feedback on the importance of a school site for the community.
Councillor Warren Polglase was a strong supporter of the amendment going to the public for comment.
"I strongly urge the council to follow this process through," Cr Polglase said.
"We should ask the community what they want and not what the government wants us to do."
Cr Polglase also moved to have a public meeting during the exhibition period to ensure that the community was heard on this issue.
The NSW Department of Education and Training informed the council that the school site would not be required.
Since receiving the advice from the department, developer Metricon has sought to change the development plan.
Councillor Katie Milne was concerned about the expense of the amendment process and the ramifications of agreeing to remove the school site from Seabreeze.
"This can be an expensive way to go about this,"Cr Milne said.
"We should ask the community what they want first. We said we would support, lobby and advocate a high school for Pottsville."
Cr Milne said removing the school from plans was dangerous and sent the wrong message to the community.
She supported Cr Dot Holdom's alternative motion to defer the decision on Seabreeze Estate until the council's executive management team, councillors and Department of Education and Training could meet to discuss the Seabreeze site.
Cr Kevin Skinner said it was unlikely the state government would listen without a strong community voice.
"It's a process that's been going on for many years," Cr Skinner said.
"The government (NSW) does not move co-operatively with us council.
"If we don't hear it from the people then the government will not listen to us."