Nowra might need to go up to offer more residential opportunities in the centre of town.
Shoalhaven Council is asking for feedback to help identify opportunities for residential development in the Nowra City Centre, following a decision earlier this year to review building height and zoning controls.
Currently, buildings can be up to 20 metres, or six storeys, in parts of the city centre and up to 12 metres, or four storeys, in the surrounding mixed-use zone.
However Acting City Futures Director Gordon Clark said it was appropriate to reassess the planning controls considering the Shoalhaven's increased population, and greater demand for housing.
“COVID-19 and major improvements to the Princes Highway are driving a surge in new residents moving to Shoalhaven.
"This is placing pressure on the local housing market to provide affordable housing options that are close to employment and services," he said.
"Nowra city centre is ideally placed to help meet this need so it is important that our development controls continue to encourage and support appropriate development opportunities”.
Mr Clark said council was seeking preliminary feedback to help identify possible key locations in central Nowra where increased building height could be considered to provide extra residential space.
“We will then undertake a range of technical assessments – urban design, visual impact and economic feasibility - and community consultation before we consider what changes may be appropriate and where,” he said.
The review is part of council’s wider efforts to revitalise the Nowra city centre and promote affordable housing opportunities - which are key priorities of council’s strategic planning and the NSW Government’s recently released Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Plan.
Expressions of interest nominating potential locations should be submitted to ouncil in writing before 5:00pm on Friday, October 15.
Council will review submissions against several criteria and determine which locations to consider in detail as part of the review.
Further details on the criteria and how to submit an expression of interest are available on council’s website.
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