Design comp for Tweed developers cheaper than thought

TWEED's deputy mayor Michael Armstrong says the council's proposed architectural design competition would not cost all developers $630,000, as indicated in other media reports.

Instead, Tweed Shire Council's urban designer John Lynch said the Draft Tweed Shire Design Excellence Policy Architectural Design Competition would only edge near that figure if the development value exceeded $100 million.

The design competition was aimed at developments above 10 storeys, or 35m, and extensions or renovations costing more than $2 million.

Both men noted the proposal was anything but set in stone and would be on exhibition until February 28 to attract community submissions and consultation.

"I think anything that encourages design excellence is a great idea," Cr Armstrong said.

"This will make sure any major development in the Tweed will be as good as it gets."

Mr Lynch said the competition was approved by the Australian Institute of Architects and deserved a positive reception.

"The developments will go through a process, go through various panels beforehand and I guess this could actually improve the process," he said.

"It will make it easier to see what's needed."

The policy would establish processes a developer is required to undertake to ensure design excellence, as required by a number of sites within the Tweed City Centre Local Environmental Plan.



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