Why DA was approved: planning dept outlines the process
The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has explained why it approved the DA for the Cultural and Civic Space.
The $76.5m Cultural and Civic Space will be constructed at 23-31 Gordon Street.
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Executive Director of Regions, Industry and Key Sites Anthea Sargeant said the application to build and operate the four to seven-storey building was approved following rigorous assessment and consideration of community feedback.
Ms Sargeant says the decision was made following a detailed economic analysis of the proposal and consideration from Council of other potential locations.
"Construction of the new space will create 555 construction jobs and 31 additional operational jobs while injecting $76.5 million into the economy," Ms Sargeant said.
"We have carefully considered the proposal in light of feedback from the community. From a planning and land-use perspective, the proposal is acceptable as it fully complies with existing planning rules on the site and it would not result in any significant amenity or visual impacts on the surrounding area."
The Department understands the community's concerns about the cost of the proposal, but say ultimately it's a matter for council to consider.
"We did however carefully consider the potential economic impacts on the local area and found it's unlikely to result in any significant impacts."
Ms Sargeant referred to the improved public spaces, including a link connecting Gordon Street and Riding Lane, as well as a new public square.
"The new regional gallery will have more than three times the space of the current gallery, while the new library will be three times as big as the existing library and the regional museum will double in size," Ms Sargeant said.
A number of conditions have been imposed on the project to ensure any potential impacts are appropriately managed, including ensuring machinery on the roof is blocked from view, preparation of a traffic management plan and preparation of a flood action plan.
For more information visit the NSW Government's www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au