Woolgoolga Growth Plans Out for Public Exhibition

Coffs Harbour City

Important draft plans that will help support more diverse and affordable housing, economic growth and new jobs in Woolgoolga and beyond are now on exhibition for community feedback until 5 May 2023.

The package – which also includes a draft Woolgoolga Movement and Place Plan for the Woolgoolga town centre – is the latest stage of the implementation of the Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan and the Coffs Harbour Local Growth Management Strategy 2020.

“The proposed local planning controls are likely to result in positive economic impacts for Woolgoolga and the wider community by facilitating additional housing, including diverse and affordable housing, and job opportunities,” said Chris Chapman, the City of Coffs Harbour’s Director Sustainable Communities.

“Implementation of a Movement and Place Plan, relaxation of outdated parking requirements and the removal of floor space ratio controls for buildings within Woolgoolga town centre would also play a key role in attracting investment and revitalisation of the town – a main goal of the Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan which the community shaped and guided.”

The documents now out for consultation are:

  • The draft Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan (DCP) 2015 – Amendment No. 19 (Woolgoolga Town Centre, Woolgoolga North West and Woolgoolga West)
  • The draft Woolgoolga North West and Woolgoolga West Contributions Plan
  • The draft Woolgoolga Town Centre Contributions Plan
  • The draft Woolgoolga Movement and Place Plan

An early-stage planning proposal to remove floor space ratio controls from the three business centres within the Woolgoolga Town Centre is also out for feedback.

The draft Woolgoolga Town Centre planning controls propose relaxing minimum parking requirements within Woolgoolga town centre to help promote local businesses and new homes.

The draft Woolgoolga Movement and Place Plan supports the proposed changes to the parking requirements to optimise use of existing parking and ensure that future supply is provided for the growing town centre. It also seeks to improve other transport options such as walking, bike riding and bus use.

Woolgoolga North West and Woolgoolga West are earmarked for around 1,130 homes in 3 large precincts – Newmans Road, Barkhut Road and Tramway Drive. The draft DCP sets out the planning controls required for their development.

All the documents are now out for public exhibition and feedback from 28 March 2023 until 5 May 2023 via the City’s Have Your Say website A pop-up community session with City staff in Woolgoolga will also take place on Thursday 30 March at the Beach Reserve for people to ask questions, discuss the draft proposals and find out more.

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