Wednesday, 10 July 2013

PORT STEPHENS Councillors voted to rezone a parcel of land at Fullerton Cove, Woolworths, as well as support a new 350-house rural estate at Medowie.


     Councillors give tick to Woolies rezoning

PORT STEPHENS councillors have thrown their support behind two major developments bringing more retail and housing to the region.
Councillors voted unanimously to rezone a parcel of land at Fullerton Cove, earmarked by retail giant Woolworths, at last night's general meeting as well as support a new 350-house rural estate at Medowie.
Subject to rezoning and development approval, Woolworths is proposing to build a 3800-square-metre supermarket with specialty retailers at 42 Fullerton Cove Road, Fullerton Cove.
"Not a week goes by when someone doesn't ask me about the Woolies at Fullerton Cove," Cr Steve Tucker said.
"This centre will service Fullerton Cove, Fern Bay and Stockton."
According to a staff report, which was tabled at the meeting, the centre would serve close to 8000 residents, increasing to about 10,500 by 2026.
Council have rezoned the 6.7-hectare site from rural agriculture to part commercial and environment protection, paving the way for the development, which will still need to be approved by the state government and subject to a development application.
Mayor Bruce MacKenzie supported both the Fullerton Cove Woolworths and the housing estate at Medowie, which was approved for rezoning by the state government last week.
"I think it's a great outcome. For the next 3½ years I want to see more of this," Cr MacKenzie said.
About 350 blocks will be developed on a 127-hectare site on Boundary Road in northern Medowie known as The Meadows.
The project will feature lots predominantly ranging from 1000 square metres to 1500 square metres across 57 hectares.
The remaining 70 hectares will be preserved as national park and open space.
"This is a great outcome for Medowie. I can't wait to see it go ahead," Cr Chris Doohan said.
From late July, developer Eureka will begin taking expressions of interest for the first 50 lots with prices starting from $169,000.