An artist's impression of the new development application for the Gordon St end of Coffs Central lodged by Gowings Pty Ltd.
An artist's impression of the new development application for the Gordon St end of Coffs Central lodged by Gowings Pty Ltd.

Council notes the height of high-rise hotel exceeds LEP

UPDATE: GOWINGS' $20-million proposal to build an 80-room hotel on top of Coffs Central hit a stumbling block on Thursday night with the council noting the height of the development application is well over the city centre's building height restrictions. 

This followed a council staff report that noted the plans contravened the Coffs Harbour Local Environment Plan 2013.  

The DA for the hotel is set to go before the Northern Joint  Regional Planning Panel next week for determination, however Coffs Harbour City Council voted unanimously to accept the report noting the development does not satisfy the requirements of the Clause 4.6 of the LEP.  

The expanded complex is expected to reach a height of 39.46 metres, well in excess of the 17-metre height restriction outlined in Coffs Harbour's Local Environment Plan.  

In the final council meeting of the year, councillors George Cecato, Paul Amos, Keith Rhoades, Jan Strom, Tegan Swan, Michael Adendorff and Sally Townley voted unanimously to accept the report to council.    

However, given the determining role of the DA does not rest with the council, the multi-million dollar proposal will be considered for approval by the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel next Thursday.  

The developer is seeking to exempt the 11-floor, 43-metre high proposal from the 17 metre CBD building height limits.  

The proposal would have an additional eight levels added to the original plans that are under way to upgrade the Gordon St end of Coffs Central to house office space and a hotel.   

If the application is approved there will be two storeys of office space on top of the already authorised two levels of retail and mall space.

On top of that will be a further six levels for a hotel with 80 rooms.   

The proposal has been strongly supported by the community, with a public consultation process attracting 44 submissions, 43 which were in favour of the development.  

The plans allow for 30 new car parking spaces at a basement level for hotel guests and a further  55 spaces on the second level for those using the office space.  

Vehicle access to level two will be via the existing Castle St multi-level car park.  

Gowings claim the construction phase of the development, predicted to take 18 months to two years, would generate 142 direct jobs while once operational, the expansion is estimated to provide 153 full-time jobs.  

To register to speak at the JRPP meeting on Thursday, December 15 at 4.30pm at the Coffs Harbour City Council Administration Building, call the planning panel's secretariat before Tuesday 4pm on 82172060 or email enquiry@planningpanels. nsw.gov.au.  

 

WEDNESDAY 10AM: GOWINGS $20 million proposal to build an 80-room hotel on top of Coffs Central will be considered by the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel next Thursday.

The developer is seeking to exempt the 11 floor, 43 metre high proposal from the 17-metre CBD building height limits.

The proposal would see an additional eight levels added to the original plans that are underway to upgrade the Gordon St end of Coffs Central to house office space and a hotel.

If the application is approved there will be two storeys of office space on top of the already authorised two levels of retail and mall space. On top of that will be another six levels for a hotel with 80 rooms.

The expanded complex when announced was expected to reach a height of 39.46 metres, well in excess of the 17-metre height restriction outlined in Coffs Harbour's Local Environment Plan.

An assessment report prepared by Coffs Harbour City Council's planning staff will be considered by councillors at this afternoon's final meeting of the year.

The council planning assessment report found no grounds to alter the city centre's height restrictions.

The proposal however has been strongly supported by the community, with a public consultation process attracting 44 submissions, 43 which were in favour of the development.

The plans allow for 30 new car parking spaces at a basement level for hotel guests and another 55 spaces on the second level for those using the office space.

Vehicle access to level two will be via the existing Castle St multi level car park.

Gowings say the construction phase of the development, predicted to take 18 months to two years, would generate 142 direct jobs while once operational, the expansion is estimated to provide 153 full-time jobs.

The Coffs Harbour City Council will meet in the city's council chamber this afternoon from 5pm.

To register to speak at the JRPP meeting on Thursday, December 15 at 4.30pm at the Coffs Harbour City Council Administration Building call the planning panel's secretariat before Tuesday 4pm on 8217 2060 or email enquiry@planningpanels.nsw.gov.au



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