Old Anna Bay Sports Ground, Jessie Road – (Jessie Road – Cnr Port Stephens Drive & Nelson Bay Road) – Park & Ride/Bus Interchange – Rezoning proposal
Update 04 April 2014
Apologies, the wrong links were attached to this post, this has now been corrected!
Several TRRA members attended a 25 March public hearing on the proposed reclassification of the Council owned land at 2 Jessie Rd, Anna Bay. This is the former oval south of the Nelson Bay Rd/Port Stephens Drive roundabout, the front part of which is used regularly as an informal transport interchange. We spoke at the hearing in support of our written submission HERE which called for Council to commit to protecting and preferably formalizing that use, as well as providing visitor information at this ‘gateway’ site – all traffic entering the Tomaree peninsula has to use that roundabout.
Other speakers at the hearing were from Port Stephens Coaches, who emphasised the long established use of the site as a bus-car and bus-bus interchange; and Nelson Bay Pony Club, who use most of the site and are concerned about their future.
Council staff explained that the reclassification was designed to remove some constraints on potential uses of the land. While there is currently no intention to re-zone it from RE1 Public Recreation, or to sell the land, reclassification would allow it to be sold or leased, and a wide range of uses including tourist accommodation are possible without rezoning.
The hearing was chaired by an independent consultant who will also write a separate report taking into account the views expressed at the hearing. This will accompany an internal report and revised Planning Proposal which will go first to Council and then to the Department of Planning – the Minister has to approve any re-classification as a modification to the new Local Environment Plan (Pt Stephens LEP 2013).
September 30 2013 TRRA: Submission HERE
Original Post 20 July 2013
Council has approved further steps at the meeting on 28.5.13 to progress the reclassification of this large parcel of land from community (sports field) to operational (which makes it available to sell) TRRA does not object to the sale. However, the quarantining of the section which faces Nelson Bay Road currently being used as an informal park and ride and bus interchange for school children should be given more consideration before the rezoning takes place. There does not seem to be much point in selling it all off only to have to buy back a section for community use. This is our main Gateway into our whole area and should be made presentable. There is also an existing toilet facility in good condition on the site which could be reopened at minimal cost. This area has received attention in the past as a potential tourist gateway and is suitable for an interactive tourism map or mobile tourism facility for peak times. The Council papers indicated there will be a public consultation period in August and a timeline for the rezoning to take place by December this year. We will be requiring public support when this is advertised, noting that it will probably appear as “Jessie Road, Anna Bay.”
On Exhibition on Council Website until 30 Sept 2012 HERE
TRRA Submission HERE
Maps Jessie Rd Rezoning HERE