Why do we need to undertake Community Facility Planning?

The objective of this project is to shape recommendations for the future provision of community facilities (including indoor/outdoor venues and performance spaces) to meet the needs of the community now and in the future.

The project also includes a Site Analysis as part of City Hill Scoping project to consider current land-use and urban design planning advice for any future development of the City Hill site and surrounding precinct.

Will the community have an opportunity to participate and provide feedback?

Yes.  There will be opportunities to stay up to date with project information, provide input and feedback between September 2019 and February 2020.

If you wish to discuss particular needs for community facilities or planning please contact Council's project officer to discuss further. 

Will the project consider options for a Performing Arts Centre?

Yes.  A key part of the overall Community Facility Planning project is to develop an Issues and Options Paper for Performing Arts Spaces for Council to consider.  

The Issues and Options Paper will consider indoor and outdoor infrastructure needs for performing arts and events.  Redevelopment or expansion opportunities and existing usage and future demand of venues will be considered.

To assist and advise Council with this project Hawkridge Entertainment Services, a specialist consultant in entertainment, arts and venues, has been engaged. 

What is being considered for City Hill?

Council has resolved to commit to allocate $75,000 to undertake studies, concept designs, and preliminary budgets associated with the cultural development at City Hill.  

As part of this City Hill Scoping Project, a Site Analysis is being prepared by town planning and urban design consultant specialists. 

The Site Analysis will consider land use requirements in line with current legislation for any future development of the City Hill site.  It will evaluate the benefits, opportunities and challenges of the site, considering the history (including the covenant) and in relation to the surrounding precinct.

Future plans for City Hill will be informed by the outcome of any studies and resolved by Council. This stage will not undertake concept design components - it is a land use planning report only.

Is this project linked to the Cultural and Civic Space?

The Community Facility Planning project will review and plan for Council owned or managed community facilities across the whole Local Government Area.  This includes areas such as community halls, youth centres, indoor/outdoor event and performance spaces across the Local Government Area. 

This is a separate project to the Cultural and Civic Space project. The Cultural & Civic Space Project is progressing at 32-31 Gordon Street, Coffs Harbour with a central Regional Gallery, Museum, Library, Community and Civic Spaces.

How will feedback be used?

Feedback provided by stakeholders and the community during the engagement process will be used to inform reports targeted for Council consideration in November 2019 and early in 2020.

Who is working on the project?

Council’s Community & Cultural Services team are leading the project as part of the delivery of Creative Coffs - Cultural Strategic Plan 2017-2022 and Council resolution.  

Hawkridge Entertainment services, a venues specialist consultancy has been engaged to undertake a review of community facilities, including a specialised focus on indoor/ outdoor venues and performance spaces. Locale Consulting has been engaged to undertake a Site Analysis as part of the City Hill Scoping Project.