THE first retail stage of the Coomera Town Centre was today given the green light by the City Planning Committee – with limitations.
The committee recommended a development permit and preliminary approval be granted for the major commercial and retail site, which will form the foundation of the future integrated $500 million town centre.
However, the State Government has put a condition on the approvals, requiring the upgrade of the Foxwell Road Interchange (Exit 54) on the M1 to prevent further traffic congestion from occurring.
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The development is currently limited to 20,000 square metres Gross Floor Area (GFA) until this road upgrade occurs.
The entire retail project covers a total of 93,320m square metres and, when complete, will comprise of a department store, two supermarkets, two discount department stores, a nine-cinema complex, six mini major tenancies, 123 specialty shops, a fruit and vegetable market, 61 food outlets, 22 kiosks, a nightclub and a tavern.
Described by the applicant, Westfield, as a “catalytic retail and commercial centre”, the 18 hectare site on Foxwell Road sits opposite the Coomera railway station and future transport hub.
Divisional Councillor Cameron Caldwell said he now hoped to see construction on the centre begin quickly.
“This is one of the most significant planning approvals we have seen lodged for quite some time. It’s also been a long-awaited project, so I hope we see some early works commencing as soon as all the necessary approvals have been ticked off,” he said.
Future development stages include a range of residential and commercial uses that will be guided by the proposed Coomera Activity Centre North Structure Plan, which is the subject of a separate development application.
The master plan for the Coomera Town Centre, declared by the State Government in December 2009, covers 680 hectares and will allow for 25,000 properties providing homes for about 50,000 residents.
The committee recommendation will go to full Council for a decision next Tuesday, 25 March.