An additional 328 new dwellings could be built in the growing suburb of Shell Cove if the developer gets its way.
The Department of Planning and Environment has given the green light to a proposal which aims to increase the number of dwellings from 1,238 to 1566 in the harbour precinct at Boollwarroo Parade.
Developer Frasers Property Australia is also seeking to revise the housing density, type and building height limits.
The original Shell Cove Concept plan includes dwellings, a business park, commercial/retail/hotel/community land, wetlands, open space and infrastructure.
The plan was exhibited in 2017 where 210 submissions were received.
There were eight submissions from public authorities and 202 submissions, including 192 objections, from the public and two petitions.
“The public submissions raised concerns about density, traffic, amenity, view loss and built form,” the modified plan document said.
However, the “department considers the proposed increase in density is acceptable as it would be consistent with the strategic planning objectives for the site and increase housing supply and choice within Shellharbour local government area”.
The department report said the proposal would result in a two per cent increase in traffic generation compared with the original plan and deemed the increase unnoticeable.
The approved building height will result in “some existing view of the water and horizon from areas to the west of the site being lost,” the report said.
“Whilst the proposal would result in minor view loss impacts on properties located further to the west of the site, the impacts of the modification would be negligible from most of the elevated vantage points.
“The overall appearance of the site would ream similar to the Concept Plan approval.
“The Department is also satisfied the proposed facility and building heights are acceptable as the proposal would not result in any significant visual, amenity or traffic impacts beyond those already assessed and approved.”
The Independent Planning Commission will assess and determine the outcome of the amended proposal.