New business park for Coffs

A $7.5 MILLION business park is set to take shape on Coffs Harbour's southern fringes.

The park, approved at last week's city council meeting, will be built in two stages on the northern corner of Hurley Drive and the Pacific Highway.

It will comprise a service station, a tyre outlet, three bulky goods tenants, two light industrial enterprises, an administration area and 172 car spaces.

In his report to the meeting, the Coff's Harbour Council's land use, health and development director, Mark Salter, said the project would generate employment during the construction and operational phases.

“The proposed uses are permissible with consent in the industrial zone,” Mr Salter said.

“The use is unlikely to put in jeopardy the role, function and hierarchy of the CBD, or any existing or planned developments for the city centre.”

But in voting against the proposal, Cr Gavin Smithers said one of his 'standard moans' was having bulky goods in industrial zones.

“These areas should be for industry and not for retail, and I hope under the new LEP (local environmental plan) we get this to happen,” Cr Smithers said.

Mr Salter said the LEP allowed bulky goods warehouses in industrial zones.

The mayor, Cr Keith Rhoades, described the planned business park as a 'quality development'.

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