Petrol station plans take shape

A POTENTIAL second petrol station in Kiama is a step closer, with concept designs being referred to Property NSW.

Two concept plans have been prepared; one involving only a service station facility, and the other involving a service station and fast-food outlet.

At last Tuesday night's council meeting, a report was tabled regarding the possible site for a service station complex, located on RailCorp owned land at the corner of North Kiama Bypass and Riverside Drive, Bombo.

At the meeting, the council endorsed the forwarding of a concept plan [which confirms the land can be physically developed for a service station] to Property NSW, and that Property NSW be requested to facilitate the sale of the land to the council for this purpose.

The council has been investigating the potential for a number of sites to be developed for service station purposes within or near the Kiama town centre.

"The land has good access to the on and off ramps to the North Kiama Bypass and is well-located in servicing the North Kiama and Minnamurra areas of the municipality," council general manager Michael Forsyth wrote in his report to council.

In February, council officers met with RailCorp and Property NSW representatives to discuss various RailCorp land in the municipality.

Property NSW officers advised they were prepared to consider the proposal for the development of the RailCorp land for a service station, subject to a design being prepared confirming that the land could be physically and appropriately developed for this purpose.

It has been confirmed that the Transport Ministry no longer has a need for the land. In March, councillors endorsed the appointment of Martin, Morris and Jones to prepare a concept plan for the site, south of the Riverside Drive roundabout.

Martin Morris and Jones have provided the two concept plans.

"Martin Morris and Jones has identified that a contemporary service station facility can physically be accommodated within the site, although its location within the site is dependent on the relativity of existing surface levels between the site and the Riverside carriageway to facilitate acceptable access arrangements," the council report stated. "This relationship prevents the service station facility from being moved further north within the site."

According to the council report, Martin Morris and Jones further advised that the cross grades at the site may require substantial earthworks to achieve a generally level service station forecourt, and that the underground fuel storage tanks and associated infrastructure will also need to be managed within the earthworks program.

"It is now proposed that the concept designs be referred to Property NSW requesting them to facilitate the sale of the site which will be subject to a contract for sale, appropriate re-zoning and geotechnical assessment," the general manager's report stated.

"If council eventually acquires the site it is intended to on-sell the land conditional that it be used for service station purposes."

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