Proposed $2m B-double Hwy servo to be open 24 hours
PLANS have been submitted to Coffs Harbour City Council for a $2 million, 24-hour service station development south of the Bray and Orlando Sts intersection.
The Pacific Hwy North Shell service station and Coles Express kiosk would include a drive-through facility designed to accommodate trucks, including 19m B-double semi-trailers.
The site at 208-212 Pacific Hwy North is currently occupied by three older houses but the land is zoned B6-Enterprise Corridor.
If the development application is approved, the three lots will be consolidated into one 3270sqm site and the houses demolished to make way for the service station, signage, associated 214sqm Coles Express kiosk and convenience store, a two-storey commercial building, parking for 45 cars and 650sqm of landscaping.
The commercial building has 1020sqm of space over the two floors and is intended for use as small-scale office premises.
The proposal includes two fibreglass underground storage tanks, an underground collection well for treating grease, oil and rainwater and a bio-retention garden.
The development is close to Tree Fern Creek and will be surrounded by solid steel fencing.
The development application includes flood mitigation measures and filling of part of the site to raise the buildings above the one in 100-year flood level.
One neighbour said Pacific Hwy North was already congested at peak hours and the area had a high concentration of elderly people driving mobility scooters plus families and children with prams and bicycles, so she was concerned about traffic across the footpath.
The DA modelling shows the development will generate 141-195 extra trips during the evening peak hour.
The service station site is almost across the highway from the Coffs Coast Motor Inn and Villas.
On that site the council recently approved then rescinded approval for an $18 million proposal for a three-storey Signature Hotel because of concerns about flooding and that the proposal breached height and parking regulations.
The proposed service station buildings are within the 8.5m height limit for the zone, except for a 13m pylon advertising sign.