Council approves five two-storey units at Ettalong
Construction of five two-storey units at Ettalong was approved at Central Coast's Council meeting on October 8.
The three-bedroom units, with single garages, will be built on two separate lots totalling 1,159sqm, at 5-7 Bangalow St between Broken Bay Rd and Tenalga Ave, less than 60m from the Ettalong Beach foreshore.
Unit one and two will face Bangalow St and the other three units will be accessed off Tenalga Ave, via the road reserve laneway at the rear of the property.
A Council report said the application had been amended once during the assessment process in response to issues raised during community consultation and following initial assessment by Council officers.
Community opposition came about mainly because of the use of the grassed laneway as future vehicular access.
Submissions opposing the project stated that currently it was being used by surrounding residents as a safe play area for children and safe access to the beachfront.
A council report said that the laneway was Council road reserve with sewer and stormwater infrastructure and as such the development of a road was acceptable for this purpose and that there would be no significant impact on traffic in the surrounding area.
Another submission said the grassed laneway was habitat to local frogs, blue tongue lizards and duck communities and, at night, a protective corridor for brush and ringtail possums.
However, Council's ecologist reported that neither the site nor the laneway contained any native vegetation or had biodiversity value.
The amended plans also dealt with concerns about over-shadowing and privacy by building setbacks and vegetation screening.
Applicant Knight-Mapleton Design Partners, for the owner Heisei Pty Ltd, estimates the project at $1M.
Central Coast Council agenda 2.2, 8 Oct 2019
DA Tracker, 5 Nov 2019
DA 55574/2018, Central Coast Council