Trinity Point is a $388M mixed use and marina being developed by Johnson Property Group at Morisset Park in the Lake Macquarie Local Government Area.
The approved Concept Plan includes a 188 berth marina, restaurant, café and outdoor dining, function centre, 65 room hotel and up to 250 tourist and residential accommodation units, and a range of recreational and commercial facilities. The development has been in planning and consultation over the last ten years, with development consents received for the first 94 marina berths, 65 room hotel, restaurant, café and outdoor dining, function centre, as well as 93 tourist apartments and 34 residential units during 2015 and 2016. The marina is currently under construction.
Council has for many years sought to achieve a high standard of tourism for Lake Macquarie. With the announcement that Accor Hotels will be the operator of the hotel, under its Pullman Brand, Trinity Point in our opinion will be the pinnacle tourism destination for Lake Macquarie. To be successful the facility needs to be a destination in its own right and have enhanced connectivity in the wider region. To do this we not only need to offer the 5 – star services our competition offers, we need to exceed those.
Together with the overall mix of land uses approved for Trinity Point, this opportunity can be enhanced by introducing a limited use helipad as a component of the destination development. The helipad and helicopters using it will operate to strict limits on the type of helicopters that can land, the number of movements per day and week and detailed operational environmental and safety requirements.
This section will be updated once the NSW Department of Planning & Environment (DPE) and Lake Macquarie City Council (LMCC) advise of any relevant details.
Johnson Property Group have two applications submitted which relate to the inclusion of a limited use helipad at Trinity Point, being;
• Section 75W Modification Application to Concept Approval MP 06_0309 (MOD3). Assessment of this application rests with the DPE; and
• A Development Application (DA/1176/2014). Assessment of this application rests with LMCC.
Section 75W Modification (MOD 3) – Status Update
Johnson Property Group have completed a review of all Government and public submissions received by the DPE during their public exhibition stage, noting strong interest in the project.
Our response to submissions has now been provided to DPE to enable them to undertake and finalise their assessment of the application. The response is in the form of a Preferred Project Report (PPR). Provided below is a link to the PPR.
The PPR contains the following new information:
• Additional ecological assessment is provided relevant to potential impact to shore and seabirds;
• A response is provided to the acoustic review commissioned by LMCC (with updated to the acoustic assessment); and
• A Community and Stakeholder Engagement Plan is provided that summarised inputs to date and details engagement activities intended post determination if approval is granted for the helipad operations to commence.
Development Application (DA/1176/2014) – Status Update
Johnson Property Group has prepared and submitted an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to LMCC. The EIS has been prepared to address specific environmental requirements, issued by DPE, which are set to expire in July 2018. The EIS includes technical reporting and assessments also submitted with the modification application (MOD 3) to DPE. Provided below is a link to the EIS.
The application was previously placed on hold by Council until an EIS was submitted. Now that the EIS has been lodged with Council, shortly they will publicly exhibit the EIS and undertake their assessment of the application.
What role does the community have now?
Both DPE and LMCC have responsibilities to undertake consultation with the community under their own processes, and to consider the community input as part of their overall assessments. The determining authority for each application similarly has an equal responsibility to consider the community input as part of their overall assessments.
Will the Section 75W Modification (MOD 3) be determined before the Development Application (DA/1176/2014) to Council is considered?
No, the applications will be considered concurrently. During initial consultation Johnson Property Group communicated an intent for a concurrent state and local planning process. We received feedback from the community expressing confusion about running state and local planning processes concurrently, and so proceeded with a two step process; being the concept plan Section 75W Modification first (state) and the Development Application with EIS second (Council).
The two step process appears not to have reduced confusion. Much of the community feedback has focused on merits and issues assessment common to both the state and local planning process.
Given the impending expiry of the EIS requirements for the local DA, and in the interests of Johnson Property Group making all their assessment information available to the public, we have decided to now provide the information to facilitate both DPE and LMCC proceeding with assessment of their respective applications.
Johnson Property Group recognise that the proposal is of interest to many community members. We have discussed the proposal with a range of stakeholders and will continue to do so. Feedback to date has shown that key issues relate to noise, safety, pollution, amenity and recreational access to the lake, and questions relating to the need for the helipad.
For your convenience, Johnson Property Group have established this website that contains the exhibited material as well as a community information sheet and fact sheets to assist in your understanding of this helipad proposal.
Below are links to Mod 3 Section 75W application documents and the Development Application (DA/1176/2014) EIS.
Section 75W Application (Mod 3) – DPE
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