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Concerns over Ourimbah Masterplan

Adoption of the Ourimbah Area Strategy and Centre Masterplan is item 2.7 on the Business Paper for tonight’s meeting of Central Coast Council (22 March).

Concept drawing of the Ourimbah Masterplan.

22 March 2022

 

COUNCIL staff are recommending the Masterplan be adopted by the State Government appointed Administrator, Mr. Rik Hart.

 

The latest version (4) of the masterplan goes some way to addressing residents’ concerns and is certainly an improvement on the original staff position which sought to impose multi-storey high density development on the Ourimbah community.

 

However, the masterplan now has no building heights limits (which are referred to the Councils Development Control Plan) and heritage controls (which are referred to the Council heritage Strategy).

 

Ourimbah residents are rightly concerned that failure to include these key elements in the Masterplan undermines its purpose and creates further uncertainty in the community.

 

Member for The Entrance shares their concerns.

 

“The Administrator should not adopt the staff recommendation without referencing the April 2020 resolution of the former elected Council (344/20, 345/20 and 346/20) and confirming its continuing application,” David Mehan said.

 

You can read the Ourimbah Masterplan here.

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