We now know that the Council Chambers/Cultural Cenre (CCCC) DA was the subject of 874 submissions to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment who are ultimately responsible for approving or denying the application.
The vast majority of these submissions opposed the proposed DA with 844 objecting to the project, 19 supporting it and 10 submitted as comments.
The project was critiqued and supported on on numerous grounds including;
- The location of the proposed building,
- Issues pertaining to consultation,
- Parking and access issues,
- Financing of the project and future potential costs to ratepayers,
- Road congestion issues pertaining to Gordon Street,
- The consultation process used to consider the project,
- The proposed design of the building and the design process itself,
- Impact on surrounding buildings,
- Inclusion of Council Chambers,
- Exclusion of a genuine community Entertainment Centre,
- Impact on the CBD,
- The overall cost of the project.
As Mr Rodger Roppolo the Senior Planning Officer at the State Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is reported as saying given the number of objections the proposed project is the most contentious he has worked on in his eight years in his role Coffs Coast Outlook believes that public hearings here on the Coffs Coast into the DA’s for this project are an absolute must.
Supporters and proponents should be given a chance to make their cases in public and to answer questions relating to their positions in public.
Given the 4/4 split Council votes transparency is needed. Not opaqueness.
However, these hearings won’t just happen.
Opponents and supporters both need to request them from the Minister of Planning, The Hon. Rob Stokes.
But in order to do that you need to write to the Minister and respectfully request public hearings for the CCCC DA’s here in Coffs Harbour prior to any final decision is made.
Outline your reasoning and highlight some of the reasons you either oppose or support the DA for the proposed project.
You can contact Minister Stokes at via the NSW correspondence portal at: https://www.nsw.gov.au/your-government/ministers/minister-for-planning-and-public-spaces/