THE New South Wales Government this week announced the approval of the Coffs Harbour CBD Local Environmental Plan (LEP), which is expected to generate 2,000 jobs and deliver housing for 5,000 residents in the local area.
NSW Planning and Infrastructure Minister Brad Hazzard said approval of the LEP will provide certainty for Coffs Harbour businesses and residents and supports government's vision of sustainable growth in regional city centres.
The LEP, which was endorsed by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, covers the Jetty precinct, Park Beach areas and the CBD. The LEP will sit alongside a vision statement and Development Control Plan.
Coffs Harbour Mayor Keith Rhoades said the documents will guide development in the city centre for the next 25 years.
According to the government, the plan identifies outcomes for three key precincts across the city:
- The CBD – where development incentives are designed to encourage business investment and a greater mix of residential and commercial uses;
- The Jetty Village – which is proposed to be strengthened as a tourist precinct, with outdoor dining encouraged and buildings generally limited to five storeys; and
- Park Beach – which is also proposed to be revitalised as a tourist centre.
The vision statement is geared towards making Coffs Harbour a regional hub for education and employment, and incorporates the city's strengths in health, education, retail and tourism.
The plans identify 14 precincts and eight "special areas" within the city centre and provide detailed character statements for each.