Town plan approved

THE conversation about possible future redevelopment in the Albion Park CBD can begin, after Shellharbour City Council endorsed the Town Centre Plan at its meeting last week.

Part of the council's Community Strategic Plan is to see plans developed for all major centres in the Shellharbour Local Government Area. The endorsement of the Albion Park plan follows the endorsement of the Shellharbour Village Town Centre Plan by the council last month.

The council will use the Town Centre Plan as the basis for reviewing current policies such as the Shellharbour Local Environment Plan 2013 and the Shellharbour Development Control Plan.

Possible changes to the LEP would include rezoning parcels of land in Albion Park, as well as increasing floor space ratios and maximum building heights in areas already zoned for business activities.

Meanwhile, changes could be made to the DCP in areas such as building appearance, transport, parking and usage of the public domain.

Albion Park Chamber of Commerce president Jim McCallum said the plan was part of a 15-year push to revitalise the township.

He praised the council's efforts in producing the plan.

"All of this really began back when the chamber formed in 1999-2000 to try and improve Albion Park," Mr McCallum said.

"First we had the Crossroads program, the Destination Albion Park program then came with more improvements, and now this is the next step.

"It's really a huge report, it's extremely in-depth and it's something the council should be proud of."

Mr McCallum also said it was important that each township had a unique plan.

"We're different to Shellharbour Village.

"It's a seaside town whereas Albion Park is a more rural area, so it's important we have a plan that reflects and suits those characteristics."

Shellharbour City Mayor Marianne Saliba said she had no hesitation in endorsing the plan.

"This is a good starting point for the future of Albion Park," she said. "Now we can start the conversation about the changes and recommendations needed to attract investment to Albion Park."

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