Revised plans for 1 Yacaaba St apartment building fail to address concerns.
The applicant for a residential apartment building on the corner of Yacaaba and Donald Streets has changed the design for a second time, supposedly in response to earlier feedback. Compared to the original DA, 4 units have been removed (now 56), the top floors set back slightly and the façade made ‘wavy’, but although it is now 9 rather than 10 storeys, it is still over 30 metres high and still has a very high floor space ratio of 2.84:1. The amount of parking provided has actually been reduced (by 36 spaces)!
This image (from the DA) demonstrates the visual impact, by reference to the existing buildings to north and south.
TRRA thinks it is still far too high and bulky and inconsistent with the town character objectives of the Nelson Bay Strategy. It is still more than twice the existing height limit and nearly 3 metres over even the new limit adopted by Council in September (but which has yet to be confirmed). The proposed new limit is in any case supposed to operate alongside other controls to address view corridors, overshadowing etc, and we think this proposal fails on numerous counts.
We urge concerned citizens to make another submission, by 14 March, objecting to the proposal. Goto http://bit.ly/2lqv2Cm to have your say on DA 2018-386.