Gosford CBD plan deferred, DAs overhauled

Council meeting overnight.

Gosford CBD plan deferred, DAs overhauled

Central Coast Council has adopted amendments relating to Gosford CBD’s Local Environmental plan, but will request the Department of Planning and Environment not finalise their consideration of the matter until the newly elected Council considers its position on the new provisions.

It’s a win of sort for those who spoke against the planning proposal at last night’s meeting in Wyong.

The Community Environment Network’s Michael Conroy requested such a deferral, given concerns that the buildings proposed in the plan would overshadow public spaces such as Kibble Park.

The planning proposal dates back to 2015 and the former Gosford City Council, and aims to revitalize the Central Coast’s capital by promoting commercial development.


Rationalised housing development controls introduced across the Coast

Council has also sought to increase public feedback for contentious development applications - and speed up turn-around times for less contested ones.

Administrator Ian Reynolds resolved to rationalise development controls for dwelling houses, secondary dwellings and granny flats at the meeting.

Reynolds says it will cut red tape to make it clear to residents what they can and cannot build on the land they own.

All significant DAs will now be notified for 21 days.


$200k a year for Surf Lifesaving clubs

The Central Coast’s 15 Surf Life Saving Clubs will receive $201,000 annually as part of a three year sponsorship funding agreement with Council to help continue their vital beach safety work.

Council adopted the measure last night, announcing they are embarking on a newly developed funding program with Surf Life Saving Central Coast.

Last summer season, our volunteer lifesavers saved over 1,160 lives; prevented nearly 21,400 people from getting into difficulty; and contributed over 97,400 volunteer hours.


Acting CEO

The former General Manager of Lake Macquarie City Council has been appointed to fill the position of Acting CEO, should current CEO Rob Noble leave Council prior to the expiry of his contract.

Brian Bell PSM, will be the Acting CEO until the newly elected Council appoints a new one.