By the Acting Editor
The Coffs Harbour City Council (CHCC) is tonight (22-2-18) to consider the NSW Govt’s proposal for consultation on the Jetty Precinct and also to deliberate the Woolgoolga CBD revitalisation plan.
In relation to the Jetty Precinct the agenda for the meeting states; “The Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores Precinct contains several areas of land that are owned by the NSW Government. The precinct has been identified by various Government agencies as having potential for revitalisation.
The NSW Government aims to develop a master plan for the Jetty Foreshores Precinct in consultation with the community and other key stakeholders, and then consider how the government land is best repurposed and managed to achieve the master plan outcomes. Council has been provided with a fact sheet outlining their project, overall project objectives, consultation activities and timing, and information and communication channels (Attachment 1). Council was briefed about the project on 8 February 2018 prior to its launch. It is expected that the consultation exercise will run from February to June 2018.”
The Recommendation for Councilors to vote on is to “Accept the recommendations of this report” (NSW Govt report attached to the agenda) and “to endorse and support the NSW Government community engagement exercise within the Jetty Foreshores Precinct.”
In regards to the ‘Woopi’ CBD Revitalisation Plan the agenda states that; “Council at its Ordinary Meeting of 11 May 2017 resolved to endorse the draft Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan prepared by Lat27 (April 2017) and associated Traffic and Parking Study prepared by MRCagney (April 2017) and to publicly exhibit the two documents for a minimum period of 28 days.
In accordance with this resolution, the draft Masterplan and Traffic and Parking Study were placed on public exhibition from 17 May to 16 June 2017. A presentation on the draft document was also facilitated by Council on 16 May 2017 in the Woolgoolga Public School Hall. To showcase some of the strategies within the draft Masterplan, Council established an information booth within a temporary Parklet on Beach Street, Woolgoolga, from 17 May to 21 May 2017.
At the conclusion of the public exhibition process 143 submissions were received. The purpose of this report is to inform Council of the feedback received during the public consultation process and seek endorsement of the final Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan 2018 which has been amended in response to the feedback received.”
This agenda item concludes: “The completion of the Pacific Highway Bypass and the addition of a new major retail chain supermarket on Solitary Islands Way, have underpinned a fundamental change to the role and structure of Woolgoolga – a transformation from a thoroughfare to a destination town. It is therefore essential that a new direction for the town is established that strikes a balance between harnessing growth opportunities and nurturing Woolgoolga’s unique charm.
The Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan 2018 captures the collective vision for Woolgoolga’s town centre and sets a long term plan to guide future growth whilst preserving the attributes which make Woolgoolga unique. This report seeks Council’s endorsement of the Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan 2018 (Attachments 1 and 2).”
The final recommendation is that Council:
- Adopt the Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan 2018 (Attachments 1 and 2).
- Notify those that made a submission to the draft Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan of Council’s decision.”
We will keep you posted as to what the decisions were on these issues and what they may mean. Similar articles on tonight’s Bellingen and Nambucca Council meetings will be posted next week. Our aim is to try and do this on a fortnightly basis mostly shortly after the Council meetings are held.
Aerial photo of Woolgooga (top) and The Jetty (Bottom)