THE planning proposal for 42 Fullerton Cove has been amended and confirmed.
The planning proposal aims to enable the development of a neighborhood center to serve residents of Fullerton Cove and Fern Bay, consistent with the actions of the Fern Bay and North Stockton strategy.
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The Council decided to redesignate the land concerned from RU2 Rural Landscape to Part B1 Neighborhood Center and Part C2 Environmental Protection.
The rezoning of the land will allow for the development of a supermarket and other retail outlets subject to a separate development application.
In addition, the minimum plot size was abolished and a new construction height of nine meters was introduced.
In a unanimously supported amendment to the motion, West Ward Councilor Giacomo Arnott, when drafting the plan, asked the Department for Planning and Environment to introduce a new local statute limiting future commercial development to a maximum gross floor area of 7,000 square feet.
Cr Arnott added this because “The NSW Government’s special activation is progressing and development is accelerating in Fern Bay and Fullerton Cove, resulting in a projected increase in residents and travelers to the area who would be able to benefit from a larger shopping district to maintain”.
The plan proposal will be submitted to the Department for Planning and Environment with a request to use its planning authority to amend Port Stephens’ Local Environmental Plan.
Brock Lamont, Port Stephens Council’s department head for strategy and the environment, said the planning proposal took into account the impact of flooding, bushfires, acid sulphate soils, contamination and heritage and showed that the rezoning was compatible with the characteristics of the land.
In addition, he says that no significant adverse effects on the environment are expected as a result of this proposal.
“The zone boundaries have been informed by various ecological assessments.
“The proposed B1 zone land is mostly clear of vegetation and contains no identified koala habitat and/or corridors, significant native vegetation, vulnerable ecological communities, threatened species or habitats,” said Mr. Lamont.
“The proposed C2 zone will also preserve the more vegetated areas of the site and habitat connectivity with other vegetated areas.”
By Tara CAMPBELL