The latest step in the planned rezoning and redevelopment of the Corrimal cokeworks site has occurred.
The Illawarra Coke Company has now entered into a development agreement for its Corrimal cokeworks with residential property developer, Legacy Property.
Mike Williams, head of strategy and acquisitions at Legacy said the project would provide a diverse mix of housing opportunities and high-quality open spaces while ensuring that the site’s heritage shapes the character of the new development.
“Together, we will work to complete the rezoning and approvals process necessary for the development to proceed, with Legacy Property assuming responsibility for construction and delivery of the new residential precinct,” ICC director Kate Strahorn said this week.
In April, Wollongong councillors voted to allow a proposal to rezone the industrial site for 736 homes to progress through the NSW planning system.
However, they warned developers, the Illawarra Coke Company, that much more research would need to be done if final approval was to go ahead.
Councillors expressed traffic, environment and flooding concerns; residents have expressed similar concerns.
Councillors asked that if the rezoning received a green light from NSW Planning that it be placed back on public exhibition.
The Department of Planning & Environment recently completed its review of the rezoning proposal for the cokeworks site, and issued a Gateway Determination.
This provided approval for the rezoning process to move forward, subject to the completion of additional detailed studies and reports.
Ms Strahorn said they had begun work on these studies, and will carry out further community consultation as the rezoning progresses.
“After these studies are completed, we will put together the draft Development Control Plan and take this to Wollongong City Council prior to the DCP and Planning Proposal going on public exhibition,” she said.
“After public exhibition, council and ourselves will consider the submissions received and amend the DCP and Planning Proposal if required, before going back to council for a decision to adopt the rezoning and DCP.
“Once council has made their decision on the rezoning and the DCP, it will go back to the Department of Planning to review and make any amendments to the LEP prior to it being signed off by the Minister of Planning.”