New mixed-use development proposed for Merimbula's CBD


Merimbula residents and business operators are being encouraged to have their say on plans for a new retail and residential complex proposed for Merimbula's central business district.

The development application and a planning proposal to increase maximum building height includes demolition and redevelopment of the site at 29-33 Market Street.

Council's Community Environment and Planning acting director, Emily Harrison, said a proposal for mixed-use development had been lodged.

“Plans include construction of a five-storey mixed use development with commercial uses on the ground floor and 52 residential apartments above,” Ms Harrison said.

“Carparking is also integrated into the development and existing pedestrian connectivity through the site will be retained with a laneway between the two proposed buildings.

“A range of street improvements and public domain works are also proposed as part of the development, including new paving, street furniture and landscaping.

“Recently, Councillors resolved to consider an amendment to the Bega Valley Local Environmental Plan to raise the maximum building height from 13 metres to 18 metres at this site.

“A detailed proposal from the developer regarding the height increase and the accompanying development application are both on public exhibition until 15 July 2022.

“The developer’s proposal contains artist impressions and their findings regarding the environmental, social and economic impacts of developing the site.

“We encourage anyone with an interest in the development of this site and the Merimbula CBD to access these documents and provide a formal submission.”

More details of the planning proposal to increase the height limit are on the Have Your Say page on council’s website.

For details of the development application visit the DA Tracker on council’s website—input 2022 in the year field, and 62 in the application number field.

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