City Hill Analysis and Scoping

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City Hill is a Council-owned site on the corner of Hogbin Drive and Albany Street where the National Cartoon Gallery @ the Bunker and the Bridge Club are located. In 1986, most of the site was acquired for large-scale cultural facilities and is subject to a covenant restricting uses to a range of cultural, community and related tourism activities. For various reasons, the various 1990s concept plans did not proceed. These reasons included funding, community feedback on location and the adoption of the Coffs Harbour City Centre Strategic Plan – A people place in 2001.

Since that time Council have resolved to explore development at City Hill for various uses such as a performing arts space in 2010, subdivision and, most recently, extension of the National Cartoon Gallery. The current City Centre Masterplan 2031 identifies the City Centre as the core entertainment precinct and performing arts facilities.

At the 11 May 2017 Council meeting, it was resolved to allocate $75,000 to “undertake studies, concept designs, and preliminary budgets associated with the cultural development at City Hill.” The same Council resolution determined the scope of the co-located library, regional gallery, customer service area, Council Chambers and Council staff office accommodation within a Cultural and Civic precinct within the CBD.

Initial subsequent stakeholder consultations highlighted varied and conflicting views on what could and should be considered by Council for City Hill. In 2019 Locale Consulting completed a site analysis for the City Hill site to understand the land use planning, land titles and urban design context.

Summary findings

The site analysis identifies that the elevated northern/vegetated area of the site has:

  • A current land use zone that is highly restrictive;
  • Environmental constraints; and
  • Hazard related constraints.

The generally cleared/southern area has a less restrictive current land use zone (residential) and the site constraints are generally less pronounced.

The report recommends that Council look at preferred use options for the southern area of the site once the broader Community and Cultural Facility planning and consultation and the Issues & Options for Performing Arts Space (Outdoor and Indoor) recommendations has been finalised (targeted second half of 2020).

City Hill Scoping Project Site Analysis report

At the 12 December 2019 Council meeting it was resolved that the City Hill Scoping Project Site Analysis report was to be placed on public exhibition for 75 days. Submissions and feedback were made from Wednesday 18 December 2019 to Tuesday 3rd March 2020. The document can still be downloaded for viewing from the Document Library (to the right or below if viewing this page on a mobile device).

All comments from submissions will be considered and a City Hill Revised Project Scoping Analysis is planned for Council consideration at a Council meeting in the second half of 2020. Note: this project has been delayed to the second half of 2020 due to COVID-19 related resourcing constraints.

City Hill is a Council-owned site on the corner of Hogbin Drive and Albany Street where the National Cartoon Gallery @ the Bunker and the Bridge Club are located. In 1986, most of the site was acquired for large-scale cultural facilities and is subject to a covenant restricting uses to a range of cultural, community and related tourism activities. For various reasons, the various 1990s concept plans did not proceed. These reasons included funding, community feedback on location and the adoption of the Coffs Harbour City Centre Strategic Plan – A people place in 2001.

Since that time Council have resolved to explore development at City Hill for various uses such as a performing arts space in 2010, subdivision and, most recently, extension of the National Cartoon Gallery. The current City Centre Masterplan 2031 identifies the City Centre as the core entertainment precinct and performing arts facilities.

At the 11 May 2017 Council meeting, it was resolved to allocate $75,000 to “undertake studies, concept designs, and preliminary budgets associated with the cultural development at City Hill.” The same Council resolution determined the scope of the co-located library, regional gallery, customer service area, Council Chambers and Council staff office accommodation within a Cultural and Civic precinct within the CBD.

Initial subsequent stakeholder consultations highlighted varied and conflicting views on what could and should be considered by Council for City Hill. In 2019 Locale Consulting completed a site analysis for the City Hill site to understand the land use planning, land titles and urban design context.

Summary findings

The site analysis identifies that the elevated northern/vegetated area of the site has:

  • A current land use zone that is highly restrictive;
  • Environmental constraints; and
  • Hazard related constraints.

The generally cleared/southern area has a less restrictive current land use zone (residential) and the site constraints are generally less pronounced.

The report recommends that Council look at preferred use options for the southern area of the site once the broader Community and Cultural Facility planning and consultation and the Issues & Options for Performing Arts Space (Outdoor and Indoor) recommendations has been finalised (targeted second half of 2020).

City Hill Scoping Project Site Analysis report

At the 12 December 2019 Council meeting it was resolved that the City Hill Scoping Project Site Analysis report was to be placed on public exhibition for 75 days. Submissions and feedback were made from Wednesday 18 December 2019 to Tuesday 3rd March 2020. The document can still be downloaded for viewing from the Document Library (to the right or below if viewing this page on a mobile device).

All comments from submissions will be considered and a City Hill Revised Project Scoping Analysis is planned for Council consideration at a Council meeting in the second half of 2020. Note: this project has been delayed to the second half of 2020 due to COVID-19 related resourcing constraints.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Writing a submission on the City Hill Site Analysis and Scoping report is one way of sharing your views and opinions with Council. All submissions are considered and your submission will be included in a report to Council. Submissions close 3 March 2020.

    To review the report and the recommendations prior to making a submission click here.

    In order for Council to consider electronic submissions each submission must:

    a) contain legitimate contact details;
    b) be received by Council during the submission period; and
    c) be correctly or ‘properly’ made to include the proposal title and reasons for the submission.

    Submissions which do not satisfy the above criteria may not be considered. Further details can be found in Council's Submission Policy.

    Council is committed to openness and transparency in its decision making processes.  The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 requires Council to provide public access to information held unless there are overriding public interest considerations against disclosure.  Any submissions received will be made publicly available unless the writer can demonstrate that the release of part or all of the information would not be in the public interest.  However, Council would be obliged to release information as required by court order or other specific law.

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