Central Coast Council has recommended that a proposal for 131 units opposite Erina Fair carpark be rejected when it comes up for consideration at the next meeting of the Central Coast Regional Planning Panel.
The development application, for four blocks of three and four-storey residential units, was on public exhibition at the beginning of this year.
The site, at 89 and 91 Karalta Rd, is currently occupied by two single storey brick and tile homes.
The proposal departs from the standards for floor space ratios and exceeds height limits despite gaining extra exemptions for adding in an affordable housing component of 10 units out of the 131.
Council’s internal consultation found one department was generally supportive of the proposal subject to conditions requiring the 10 affordable housing units to be maintained for a minimum of 10 years and managed by a registered community housing provider.
But other departments said there was insufficient information provided to adequately demonstrate that the accessibility, road congestion, efficiency and movement of people and safety of the site and surrounding road networks were satisfactory.
Council said that while the proposed development would provide additional housing for the Central Coast community, it had not demonstrated this could be done via good design and the provision of appropriate amenity for future residents.
“Given the above, and for the reasons identified in the assessment report, the proposed development is not considered to be in the public interest,” the report said.
There is no information yet on when the Regional Planning Panel will meet to decide the fate of the development proposal.