By DAVID MOASE
TWO eight-storey towers, along with 248 townhouses and flats, are to be built as part of the final development stage at the Pacific Bay Resort.
Coffs Harbour City Council this week gave its approval to the plan, which also includes a restaurant and a general store.
As a major coastal development, final approval lies with the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, Craig Knowles.
The mayor, Cr Keith Rhoades, described the master plan for the site as 'something Coffs Harbour can be proud of'.
"It is good to see the completion of a project that has become such a major part of the leisure industry in the city," he said.
The resort's expansion plan won the unanimous backing of the council, although Cr Gavin Smithers expressed some reservations about the two towers.
He pointed out that while they were part of the original plan agreed in 1985, the towers were taller
than would be allowed today.
Height limits had been relaxed in other parts of the resort to preserve vegetation, Cr Smithers said.
Building work is likely to commence with the L-shaped towers, which will rise to the north-west of the existing buildings and contain a total of 60 units.
A spokesman for Pacific Bay was yesterday unable to say when building work would begin.
The towers were agreed as part of the development plan for the site in 1985 and council's vote on Thursday approved a re-positioning of the buildings and amendments to their internal layout.
Residential development in the remainder of the site will occur in four areas, with a total of 248 residences.
To the west of the existing buildings will be 126 residences in three-storey buildings lining the golf course.
Twenty-five two-storey townhouses will be built on the hillside to the north-west of the existing buildings, as will 97 apartments.
The apartments will be in buildings of three and four storeys.
New buildings will not rise higher than the existing tree line, according to the plan.
The restaurant and general store will be built near the intersection of Bay Drive and Resort Drive at the entrance to the Pacific Bay complex.
Cr Rod McKelvey, chair of the council's planning, environment and development committee, said Coffs Harbour had gained a superb development in which everyone wins, especially the environment.
"The master plan has taken regard of the opportunities and constraints of the coastal site and the result is an environmentally responsive proposal that is compatible with the existing development and infrastructure," he said.