Mix-ups with planning controls for the Sawtell Town Centre mean a vote on a plan to demolish the Hamey building in First Avenue
Mix-ups with planning controls for the Sawtell Town Centre mean a vote on a plan to demolish the Hamey building in First Avenue

Sawtell plan revisited



THREE years after the Sawtell Master Plan was passed by Coffs Harbour Council it will be reviewed and re-exhibited for public comment.

Council voted Thursday to turn back the clock on the plan, an amendment to the city Local Environment Plan (LEP) and the Sawtell Town Centre Development Control Plan (DCP) as a way of getting itself out of an embarrassing mix-up.

Investigations by council staff had revealed the LEP amendment, which added 16 properties as heritage items and was passed by the council on November 7, 2002, had not been gazetted by the NSW Minister of Planning.

Similarly, the town centre DCP was passed at the same meeting but had not been advertised in newspapers to notify residents.

The oversights were discovered as planning staff prepared recommendations on a development application to demolish the 1950s Hamey building in First Avenue at the northern entrance of the shopping centre and replace it with two and three storey buildings to house 18 apartments and five shops.

The staff recommended the DA be approved but the recommendations were withdrawn and replaced by recommendations from acting general manager Stephen Sawtell to review and re-exhibit the master plan, the LEP amendment and the DCP as they apply to land bounded by First Avenue and Second Avenue and to defer consideration of the DA.

Parties who lodged submission on the DA will be noti- fied of council's decision.



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