Councillors to hear more details

COUNCILLORS from Coffs Harbour City have been invited to visit the site of the proposed Midway Motor Inn redevelopment on Monday and hear first hand details of the proposal.

The masterplan for the $52- million three-storey redevelopment of the old motel, which includes serviced apartments, offices and a function centre, has been deemed to be outside the parameters of permissible development in the B6 enterprise corridor under the new Coffs Harbour City Centre Plan.

Developers b&h group have issued the invitation, saying they will provide the councillors with summaries of their market research, environmental and planning studies and benchmark architectural designs.

It is understood the developers are concerned that the councillors were not fully informed about the master plan when a majority of them voted against the site being designated a special area when the council approved the new draft development control plan on February 24.

At Thursday’s Coffs Harbour City Council meeting, Cr Rodney Degens asked what information the council had received from the Department of Planning regarding a meeting between department executives and the owners of the Midway site. The council’s general manager, Steve McGrath, said he had not received any information and had not been aware of the meeting.

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