Port Stephens Council has adopted a new town centre and foreshore implementation plan, after an amendment was moved by Cr Nell at last night’s Council meeting.
Cr Nell’s amendment, which was based on 5 storeys in the core of the town centre and 8 storeys along the edges of the centre which was supported 5 votes to 4.
Newly elected Deputy Mayor of Port Stephens Councillor Sarah Smith says now is the time to move Nelson Bay forward:
“Many of us have been talking about the future of Nelson Bay for some time now, and as a Council we acknowledge that doing nothing is not an option.
“The town centre has stagnated and we need to diversify to ensure its future. This plan will help move Nelson Bay forward as a key regional centre for Port Stephens, as part of the wider Hunter Region.
“We’re proposing to increase building heights but with new guidelines in place to optimise design excellence, maximise view sharing, increase natural light to public areas and activate street frontages for all.
“We as Council are investing heavily in the bay to bring people back and build a vibrant local community all year round,” Deputy Mayor Smith said.
Following tonight’s endorsement, Council will prepare a planning proposal to give effect to the adopted Delivery Program and the planning proposal will be forwarded to the Department of Planning.