Job-generating developments to score cut in council fees
MAJOR retailers and developers are expected to find South Kingscliff and Casuarina more attractive now that Tweed Shire Council looks set to reduce the required road contribution by 40% in those areas.
The council voted at last Thursday's meeting to review its Tweed Road Contributions Plan, which offers 40% concessions for employment generating commercial developments throughout most of the Tweed.
It deemed the review necessary because for 20 years the plan has excluded projects along the Tweed Coast between Cudgen Creek and Cabarita Beach from being able to access the discount.
This was due to a NSW Government contribution to partly fund the construction and upgrade of Tweed Coast Rd and Bogangar Rd.
Council general manager Troy Green said major retailers like Coles and Woolworths had taken advantage of these concessions in the past.
"The fact that both Bunnings and Masters are currently looking at new stores where the concessions apply I guess speaks for itself," Mr Green said.
"Presently if these type of businesses, or indeed others were to setup in that sector, they would not be afforded the discount."
Mayor Barry Longland said continuing the exclusion in those areas would stymie job creation.
"Removing this exclusion would open the door for significant development in the affected area, which includes Salt Village, Casuarina and Kings Forest," Cr Longland said.
But he said it would not apply to detached housing and unit developments.
The concessions would only be available to commercial developments which would bring sustained employment.