I will make the call now. I believe that in only a very short period of time, City Hill will be considered to be part of the Coffs Harbour CBD, due to the continued growth of Coffs Harbour.
By Rodger Pryce
The designated CBD continues to grow. There is very little to infill between the CBD and the Plaza, most usages now are business oriented.
The area between the CBD and the Jetty is exactly the same, businesses are being established between the 2 areas.
So when there is chatter about the importance of the CBD, let us look to the future and embrace City Hill as being a part of the CBD.
We can not stop people wanting to move here, so best we look at how we are going to manage the growth.
When people talk about looking after the CBD, the best way to manage it is to expand the boundaries.
When we first returned to Coffs Harbour in 1980, per head of population, it had I believe, the smallest area of zoned land for business use in NSW. Competition is a great driver of efficiency.
Open up the opportunities and diversity will be created, if you want residential in the CBD, the people who live there need to be able to have things to do.
And while on this topic what is it with Council’s constant use of metropolitan based consultants?
The basis for studies to determine outcomes for cities such as Coffs Harbour, are undertaken by principally metropolitan based consultancies.
These consultancies fail to identify what makes our city unique, the data they research is mainly based on large, multi-populated cities not only in Australia but often overseas.
Coffs Harbour has a thin, narrow, populated strip running mainly to the North, a sub regional centre being Sawtell/Toormina to the south and a large regional shopping centre, Park Beach Plaza.
The rural sector is quite scattered, covering a large area.
The key element on which most of these reports draw their conclusions from, which does not work for Coffs Harbour, revolves around public transport.
The reports over the last few years concluding that Cultural amenities need to be located within the CBD, are based on comparisons with much larger, more densely populated residential areas.
The principal form of conveyance in the Coffs Harbour LGA is private motor vehicle, those wishing to attend cultural events, now and into the future will continue to use private motor vehicles.
Locating such facilities in the inner sanctum of the CBD is counter productive and actually wrong.
The studies and outcomes, being the work of major city consultants, fail to recognise and take into account the geographic and demographic peculiarities which comprise Coffs Harbour.
Makes my blood boil!
Hard earned rates collected by Council and just given away to consultants. Throw $200,000 here, $200,000 there, whoopie f—k, who cares?!
Well, this ‘little black duck’ does!
Rodger Pryce is now semi-retired and farms in the CHCC LGA. Previously he was in real estate for many years and was the principal developer of the new Coles site in Harbour Drive.
He has also been involved in other developments locally.
The above was first published at the Coffs Coast Independent News Facebook page on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 January 2021 as two separate posts are reproduced here s one with Rodger’s permission.