Lifestyle village, history on council agenda

A PLANNING proposal for a "lifestyle village" off Stadium Dr will be one of the items to come before Coffs Harbour City councillors at tomorrow's meeting.

The proposal is to build a series of nine or 10 buildings containing a total of 50 two-storey dwellings and a central amenities building with communal open space on a 2.29ha site between the new medical centre and the Christian Outreach Centre, close to the International Stadium.

Such a development is not allowed under the current R2 low-density residential zoning for the land, which provides for a maximum of two dwellings on the site.

Approving the "village", which is designed to suit students and employees at the nearby Coffs Harbour Health Campus and Coffs Harbour Education Campus, would require an amendment to the 2013 Coffs Harbour Local Environmental Plan for this site, which could create a precedent for future developments in R2 zones.

The councillors will also consider a development application to demolish three houses at 208-212 Pacific Highway North and replace them with a service station, a kiosk-cum-convenience store and a two-storey commercial building.

The site, which backs onto a council reserve, is located midway between Wentworth Ave and Argyle St.

The council has received 27 objections to the proposal, based on traffic, noise, flooding, biodiversity impacts, site suitability, appropriateness of the development and adverse impacts on other commercial operators and competing businesses.

Council planning staff have recommended progressing both projects.

In other planning matters on the agenda, the councillors will be asked to progress planning for rural residential development at Korora, West Sapphire and Moonee, by endorsing a tender brief for environmental studies and associated planning documents.

The council's 2009 Rural Residential Strategy identified lands in these areas for possible Stage 2 future rural residential development, but only after 2019, selecting Bonville as the priority area for development.

A clause in the plan allowed for a review after five years.

The draft Coffs Harbour Coastal Hazards Planning Policy and associated documents are also on the agenda to go on public exhibition. These documents identify areas which could be inundated by future sea level rises and offer new planning controls for coastal areas. The Coffs Harbour local government area contains 79km of coastline.

With a rare look at the past rather than the future, councillors are also being asked to put on public exhibition the draft Coffs Harbour City Council community-based heritage study.

The council meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 5pm at the Coffs Harbour City Council chambers at the corner of Castle and Coff Sts.

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