Kingscliff rising to new heights
KINGSCLIFF building height limits will be lowered on the main coastal strip, but be heightened by an additional storey in some other areas under a new development blueprint being drawn up by Tweed Shire Council.
There had been community concern that the council was seeking to increase the height limits on Marine Pde, maximising seaside views but potentially detracting from the coastal village atmosphere in the jewel of the Tweed's tourism crown.
But in the draft Kingscliff locality plan that is about to go on public exhibition on Monday, the council is proposing lowering the existing allowed building height of 13.6m on Marine Pde to 11m, in line with existing building heights.
The council is looking to maintain the height limit on the north side of Pearl St at 13.6m.
But it is proposing that the height limit will be lifted on the Kingscliff shopping centre side of Pearl St and along the undeveloped land fronting Turnock St, from roundabout to roundabout, to 16.6m, or by one storey.
The proposed locality plan, which breaks the village up into 12 precincts, was outlined by the council's Senior Urban Designer, Jonathan Lynch, at the Kingscliff Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Tuesday which drew a bumper crowd.
Mr Lynch said maintaining the low-scale coastal village atmosphere of Kingscliff emerged as a key issue of resident concern over 18 months of community consultation.
He said the key reason for the extra storey on Turnock St was to increase residential density around the town centre in line with best practice sustainable development planning.
He said a bigger CBD population was good for business and good for public safety with "more eyes over the street".
"The idea would be to have active ground floor retail uses, a nice generous wide footpath area, then above that some some shoptop residential housing with the upper level set back to reduce visual bulk and massing."
A business park, creative industries hub and knowledge precinct are also proposed in the plan in a bid to generate local job opportunities.
"The purpose of the new Kingscliff Locality Plan is to provide a framework to guide the future growth and expansion of this locality, to preserve local character and greenspace, facilitate business and employment opportunity. Encouraging housing diversity and recommendations to improve public domain and create a more contemporary place to live, work and recreate are key components of the plan." Mr Lynch said.
Kingscliff Councillor, Carolyn Byrne, said she expected there to be some opposition to the plan "as this is about change".
Cr Byrne said she had already been approached by residents opposed to buildings exceeding three levels in height.
But she said it was a great opportunity for the community to voice their opinions.
Mr Lynch will be available for questions about the plan at the council's shopfront on Marine 2/98 Marine Pde from March 7 - 18 between 8.30-4pm, and on Saturday March 12.