The City of Gosford has launched new rezoning plans to revitalize the waterfront area to include commercial and residential developments.
The New South Wales Government has recently approved the rezoning of 9.9 hectares of land on Gosford’s waterfront, located on the Central Coast region, approximately 83 kilometres south of Sydney, with an eye to reconnecting the city centre with its waterfront.
The redevelopment of the Gosford Masterplan Waterfront Precinct is being led by the Central Coast Regional Development Corporation (CCRDC), which was established to be the State Government‘s lead agency in creating development projects and opportunities over key government land holdings across the Central Coast of NSW.
The objective of the plan is to encourage and increase commercial activity in the area while creating up to 2,000 new jobs. Public spaces and recreational areas are expected to attract local people and visitors to the waterfront, and to reinvigorate the regional economy.
The plan also includes a new hotel, a conference centre and regional community facilities, including a proposed Regional Performing Arts Centre and Conservatorium.
“This is great news for the revitalisation of Gosford’s waterfront and will help boost the Central Coast’s economy by acting as a catalyst for the renewal of the Gosford CBD. As a further bonus, by creating facilities and public spaces that build communities, it will draw more visitors to the area,” Planning and Infrastructure Minister Brad Hazzard said.
The mixed use development will be located on the current Gosford Public School site, and will feature retail and commercial activities in an expanded public recreation precinct. The new plan allows a combination of dining, shopping and residential facilities.
The plans for relocating the public school were not particularly welcomed by community members, who argue public spaces will be unprotected and water views will be ruined.
However, Minister for the Central Coast Michael Gallacher said CCRDC has extensively studied earlier plans to redevelop the waterfront after taking into account community concerns raised during a public exhibition and he affirmed the new plans ensure public space is protected and new buildings on the school site are properly scaled to minimise the impact on water views.
Acting general manager for the CCRDC Bob Hawes explained the Gosford Waterfront is vital to the social and economic future of the Central Coast.
“Building Gosford into a world-class regional city will contribute more jobs and economic growth for the broader Central Coast region and the Gosford Waterfront is key to achieving this. CCRDC is committed to making this happen and can now move ahead to deliver sustainable outcomes for the whole region,” he said.
CCRDC is now calling for expressions of interest for proposals from potential developers and investors for the redevelopment of the Gosford School site, consistent with the community's vision for the area. The Corporation is also working with Crown Lands and Iguana Joes to reopen the venue on Gosford’s Waterfront, including a bar and a restaurant, in the next few months.
No commitments about potential new building designs or specifications have been presented to date. These details will be available when development applications are lodged with Gosford City Council.