Traffic to hold up estate

INCREASINGLY heavy traffic along Kennedy Drive is putting the brakes on a planned housing development that would see the old Royal Terranora Resort and its surrounds turned into a housing estate.

Tweed Shire councillors late yesterday moved to restrict development until alternative roads to Kennedy Drive, including the planned Cobaki Parkway, are built about 2018.

They voted to tie in any development on the elevated 6.7 hectares site, once promoted as the rooftop of the Gold Coast, to development control plans linked to the easing of traffic congestion on Kennedy Drive.

The proposed development would include 31 houses, 40 townhouses and redevelopment of 48 existing tourist units once used for the resort into apartments.

Another 142 new tourist units would be built.

But council staff said there was insufficient evidence to show that the traffic generated by the project would not impact on the capacity of Kennedy Drive and recommended the development be staged.

“The proposal as presented may create traffic impacts unacceptable in advance of the dedication and construction of Cobaki Parkway, the new bridge over Cobaki Creek and the Scenic Drive Deviation,” they said in a planning report.”

Engineering staff have indicated Cobaki Parkway is to be dedicated in approximately seven years – 2018.

“However this is just the first step in completing a Kennedy Drive Bypass and the remaining works could take many more years.”

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