Gowings high-rise decision deferred
A TRAFFIC and parking study will be conducted by Coffs Harbour City Council to assess the impact that Gowings' high-rise hotel development is likely to have on the Coffs Harbour city centre.
The 80-room hotel development application went before the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel on Thursday night, where a decision on approval was deferred.
"Yes we deferred the decision, however there was clear indication from the panel members that they were willing to support the project rather than refuse it as recommended by council staff," panel chair Garry West said.
"However, to be able to assist us to make that decision, a traffic study is required.
"We resolved that some of the issues in relation to the Gordon Street entrance had to be assessed and also the issue of car parking needs to be resolved.
"Once those matters are dealt with and resubmitted, the development will come back to the council and they will complete further assessment and the panel will reconvene at a suitable time."
The current Coffs Harbour Local Environment Plan restricts new building heights in the CBD to 17-metres.
The Gowings development would stand at 39.5metres in height.
Mr West said council staff had followed the LEP with precision and planning after the applicant lodged a 4.6 clause variation application that allows a consent authority to vary the height of a building from the LEP.
He said the panel would be in a position to consider the matter once the studies and assessments were completed in 2017.