Judgement day for high-rise hotel

GOWINGS $20.1 million high-rise hotel development slated to be built in the Coffs Harbour CBD will tomorrow be assessed by the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel.

The development application for the 80-room hotel to be constructed on top of Coffs Central will go before the panel, comprising independent assessors chair Garry West, Pamela Westing and Stephen Gow for determination.

The 43m development exceeds building height restrictions in the Coffs Harbour CBD.

As reported last week, the Coffs Harbour City Council noted the development is in breach of Clause 4.6 of the Coffs Harbour Local Environment Plan, restricting building heights in the city centre to 17m.

Gowings says the construction phase of the development will take 18-months to two years to complete and generate 142 direct construction jobs and once operational a further 153 full-time jobs.

Under New South Wales planning processes any development application with investment value of more than $20 million or one that is deemed to be of 'state significance' bypasses local council determination and proceeds before the State Government's regional planning panels.

The NJRPP will tomorrow meet in the Coffs Harbour City Council administration building from 4.30pm.

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