The Coomera Town Centre Master Planned Area is located east of the Pacific Motorway and west of the Coomera Marine Precinct. The Coomera Town Centre Master Planned Area incorporates the existing Coomera railway station and Dreamworld.
The intent of the Coomera Town Centre Master Planned Area is to create a transit orientated activity centre which focuses on street life and activity, high quality built form which is responsive to a subtropical climate and an interconnected network of public streets and open space areas.
First stage of Coomera Town Centre retail development given go ahead
The first retail stage of the Coomera Town Centre was today given the green light by the City Planning Committee.
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 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. The development is currently limited to 20,000 square metres Gross Floor Area (GFA) until this road upgrade occurs.
The entire retail project comprises a shopping centre development, cinema complex, department store, fast food premises, service industries, tavern, night club and convenience store, with a total GFA of approximately 93,320m square metres.
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.
Acting Mayor Donna Gates said the pproval was very welcome news, especially for northern suburbs residents.
“This development will in the long term be a tremendous boost for the immediate community in terms of the provision of much needed retail and services, as well as potential job creation for the city,” she said.
“The Planning Committee today has supported the entire retail development, which when fully completed, will include a department store, two supermarkets, two discount department stores, a ninecinema complex, six mini major tenancies, 123 specialty shops, a fruit and vegetable market, 61 food outlets and 22 kiosks.”
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.
Westfield Development Executive George Arena said the owners were pleased with the outcome of today’s Planning Committee meeting.
“We are looking forward to bringing additional employment, a new retail offering and services to the northern Gold Coast region,” Mr Arena said.
“We are pleased to be working with the City of Gold Coast to deliver a new Town Centre that will provide a catalyst for residential development and community facilities within the local area,” 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. Media Note: A recommendation from a Council Committee is not a formal Council decision. Committees make recommendations while decisions are only made by the full Council. This recommendation will be submitted to the next Council meeting for decision.
Green light for stage one of long-awaited Coomera Town Centre
The Gold Coast City Council planning committee has given the go-ahead for the first stage of a major retail development that was first mooted 18 years ago.
The committee has recommended a development permit and preliminary approval be granted for the $500 million Coomera Town Centre development.
However, the Queensland Government has put a 20,000 square metre size limit on the development until an upgrade of the Foxwell Road interchange on the M1, to prevent traffic congestion.
The recommendation will be put to the next council meeting on March 25 for a final decision.
Acting Mayor Donna Gates says the project will include a shopping centre development, cinema, fast food premises, tavern and nightclub.
Local state MP Michael Crandon says council approval should be the catalyst for everyone involved in negotiations to find innovative ways to fund the duplication of exit 54.
He says he does not expect the developers to move ahead with a small project.
“I don’t want to see a 20,000 square metre shopping centre because that’s basically what we are talking about here,” he said.
“We are talking about a much bigger need for the local community and that is a town centre.”