Green light for seniors project

A $10 million residential development will go ahead in Woolgoolga's McIntosh Crescent.

The project - to be built in six stages comprises a 24-lot subdivision and 92 dwellings and facilities for seniors.

Coffs Harbour City Council approved the proposal at its Thursday meeting despite the NSW Road and Traffic Authority (RTA) expressing concerns about traffic flows.

The RTA had told the council the project shouldn't proceed until further consideration of alternative access that is, other than via the Newmans Road/Pacific Highway intersection.

A council staff report to the meeting said major reconstruction of this intersection was planned, but the preferred RTA Pacific Highway upgrade option included a proposed Woolgoolga bypass, including that intersection.

The current intersection, the report said, was reaching capacity for traffic entering the highway from Newmans Road in morning and afternoon peak hours.

"Short-term increases in traffic generation therefore need to be addressed, pending RTA commitment to the... bypass," the report said.

In its 2008/2009 management plan, the council committed to investigating, designing and installing traffic lights at the Newmans Road intersection by using developer contributions.

The staged residential developments 'would not significantly increase peak hour traffic on Newmans Road in the short-term', the report said.

"Proposed Pacific Highway/Newmans Road intersection improvement works will cater for increased traffic on Newman's Road as further stages of West Woolgoolga develop."

The council's city services director, Jason Gordon, assured the meeting there would be discussions with the RTA on the intersection plans.

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