JETTY Village Shopping Centre is about to acquire a tall neighbour, with the approval by Coffs Harbour City Council of a five-storey apartment building.
Jetty Apartment at 7 Edgar St will include 34 small-scale apartments of one, two and three bedrooms, with underground parking.
Town planner Deb McKenzie addressed the councillors on behalf of the applicants, the Jetty Trust, saying she believed the development provided a good economic and social outcome for the Jetty area and the ageing population made such developments more viable.
On behalf of residents uphill of the proposed buildings, Cr Nan Cowling asked her to consider a darker coloured and less reflective roofing material, and Ms McKenzie said the architect had advised her roofing would now be non-reflective and grey coloured.
Cr Garry Innes asked if a local builder and contractors would be used and Ms McKenzie said the developer would consider this when approval was received.
"This is a $9 million development, probably the largest residential development here for a number of years," Ms McKenzie said.
Cr Cowling queried the small size of the units, which are all under 100sq m in area and asked if they were being built with Department of Housing leasing in mind.
She was told units were up to 99sq m and the applicants were looking at permanent residents and marketing to owner-occupiers.
Cr Cowling, who unsuccessfully moved that the DA be deferred for revision, said each bedroom of a unit also meant another car and queried where those extra cars would be parked.
Ms McKenzie said the units were close to public transport and had provided the required number of car parks, plus extra public parking.
This caused a rumble of discontent from Jetty residents in the gallery, many of whom experience crowded parking during markets and events.
Cr Bob Palmer left the chamber for the address and subsequent vote, declaring a pecuniary interest because a family member owns an investment property affected by the application.
Cr Rodney Degens expressed his support for affordable housing and encouragement of public transport.