Plaza Car Park - future commercial use.

Consultation has concluded

To ensure that the community vision for this important space is maintained, Council is proposing to include the Plaza Car Park as a Significant Urban Area in the Local Environmental Plan (the LEP).

This means that any future development of the site will need to demonstrate that has considered those things that the community have indicated are of particular importance including: views, public access to the foreshore and the how the buildings might look.

What do you think?

To find out more the following documents might assist.

We would like to hear your thoughts on the proposed changes. The planning proposal is available for viewing from Friday 25 September to Monday 26 October 2015.

Submissions should be received no later than close of business Monday 26 October 2015.

For further information about this proposal, please contact Steve Schwartz, Strategic Land Use Planner on telephone 02 6581 8111 or by email to steve.schwartz@pmhc.nsw.gov.au.


To ensure that the community vision for this important space is maintained, Council is proposing to include the Plaza Car Park as a Significant Urban Area in the Local Environmental Plan (the LEP).

This means that any future development of the site will need to demonstrate that has considered those things that the community have indicated are of particular importance including: views, public access to the foreshore and the how the buildings might look.

What do you think?

To find out more the following documents might assist.

We would like to hear your thoughts on the proposed changes. The planning proposal is available for viewing from Friday 25 September to Monday 26 October 2015.

Submissions should be received no later than close of business Monday 26 October 2015.

For further information about this proposal, please contact Steve Schwartz, Strategic Land Use Planner on telephone 02 6581 8111 or by email to steve.schwartz@pmhc.nsw.gov.au.


The Plaza Car Park site is zoned for commercial development.

If you could tell the developer the ‘must haves’ for the site, what would you say?


CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

No walls or bunds that would attempt to prevent ingress of flood waters on the site - this would only result in increasing water velocity and cause erosion downstream.Maintain shoreline multi-user path for walking cycling and perambulating.Any building structure to be designed to a necessarily small scale consistent with the space available, aesthetically pleasing and subject to a process of independent professional review and community consultation.The space is not appropriate for a supermarket and should preferably be a cluster of smaller shops, cafes etc. We have more than enough supermarkets.Legible physical and visual pedestrian and cyclist access between Short Street, William Street and the foreshore.A green buffer adjacent to foreshore that is integrated into the design of any building development.Opportunities for water related recreational activities along the foreshore eg kayaking, fishing, etc.Water sensitive urban design measures for hard services such as carparks, roads and paths.I strongly support the idea of canvassing a broad range of design concepts from national and international urban designers rather than simply be led by and responding to the Proponents proposals.

mlyons over 5 years ago

Firstly who will be the developer of such a small area?We must always have access to walk the river path.How can car parking be underground when it is all reclaimed land and diagonally across the road at the Galleria the underground carpark still floods?

kat hayes over 5 years ago

There is def an opportunity to put a supermarket in this position with eateries on the water side (these may be vacant for some time due to the current stress on small businesses in the area and increasing rent in all areas) and parking on the roof which has been achieved in other areas. There is limited parking in this area and will soon have significantly more workers needing parking. People need to look at this as an opportunity for PMQ to increase jobs (initially in contruction then long term in the supermarket and hospitality industry) which is also an issue for the area. By supporting win win solutions for the community, we can grow our community in positive ways as this area is currently looking very unappealing and is not used.

Justmysay over 5 years ago

This is not a suitable site for a large commercial building. It is an area that should be kept aesthetically pleasing and used for public recreation.

krover over 5 years ago

A frontage that is spacious, open and most of all a public freeway at least ten metres along the foreshore. No commercial space to the watermark. A frontage to buildings that is in keeping with the maritime heritage of Port Macquarie. Thus is our last chance to preserve what is unique to Port and keep us different from every other commercial waterfront strip.W Turner

anonymous_survey_user_38 over 5 years ago

Some very good ideas being put forward here. Rather than go over these I would just like to highlight my opinions# This spot should be for ALL the people of Port Macquarie to enjoy# Such a central and beautiful spot should be accessible to all and highlight its natural beauty. Some open air and green spaces leading down to the water is essential. Nothing that would block this view and wall off the outlook to Koolunbung Creek.# An extension of the wharf boardwalk past the Fish Coop is sensible.# We don't need another supermarket in the town centre.# We do need car parking but NOT at this locationThis is an opportunity to keep our waterfront accessible and beautiful. Don't let it turn into an ugly, purely commercial eyesore.

bwatson over 5 years ago

BobTodd makes valid points to which I heartily agree.There is no reason the citizens of Port Macquarie cannot aspire to a development along Koolunbung Creek that are in similar vein to; Southport Spit, King Street Warves, Darling Harbour, Newcastle foreshore to name but a few more enlightened land uses than what has been presented.Opening the site to an EOI is one aspect. Perhaps the likes of Crone Partners, Cox Richardson, PTW Architects, Kahnn Finch or HBO+EMTB Architects in Sydney could be approached to see if they are willing to take part in a "concept design competition" to come up with a masterplan for not only the Crown land block but also incorporating the adjacent Woollie's block as well.With luck Woollie's would be persuaded of the commercial viability off selling their block into a new development and building a new supermarket out at Sovereign Hills (as suggested elsewhere) where there is future population growth and a supermarket actually needed infrastructure.The previous meeting at Panther's was an opportunity for the Woolworth's in house development team to put forward their vision. One that was very much intended to put a BIG Woolworth's sign on a building in the CBD and provide very little other benefit to the people of Port Macquarie. The development in it's current form must be vigorously rejected by all.

maurie over 5 years ago

The sale of the Plaza Car park to Woolworths would be a disaster to the town. We would be missing out on one of the best tourist opportunities, for which our town survives on. We should be looking to develop this land to assist businesses to attract tourism. The sale of this land mostly benefits Woolworths, not the town or townspeople itself. As this is the only remaining deepwater frontage in Port Macquarie CBD, this would be a great asset to Port Macquarie now and into the future. We miss revenue from boats traveling up and down coast both from local businesses and potential wharf mooring fees paid back to council, as there is no public wharves to accommodate these boats. It should be developed as a marine tourist precinct with restaurants and other tourist attractions. The boardwalk should be continued from the main wharf all the way down to Koolunbung Creek bridge crossing, with some floating wharves similar to that in Darling Harbour. The development should be similar to Darling Harbour or Fishermans Wharf in Southport. Council should consider developing their land in William Street to a multi storey car park. Also, we do not need the congestion of cars and trucks in the CBD as parking is already at a premium. A car park or a supermarket on this land would be a shame. We do not need or want another supermarket in the CBD.

bobtodd over 5 years ago

The sale of the Plaza Car park to Woolworths would be a disaster to the town. We would be missing out on one of the best tourist opportunities, for which our town survives on. We should be looking to develop this land to assist businesses to attract tourism. The sale of this land mostly benefits Woolworths, not the town or townspeople itself. As this is the only remaining deepwater frontage in Port Macquarie CBD, this would be a great asset to Port Macquarie now and into the future. We miss revenue from boats traveling up and down coast both from local businesses and potential wharf mooring fees paid back to council, as there is no public wharves to accommodate these boats. It should be developed as a marine tourist precinct with restaurants and other tourist attractions. The boardwalk should be continued from the main wharf all the way down to Koolunbung Creek bridge crossing, with some floating wharves similar to that in Darling Harbour. The development should be similar to Darling Harbour or Fishermans Wharf in Southport. Council should consider developing their land in William Street to a multi storey car park. Also, we do not need the congestion of cars and trucks in the CBD as parking is already at a premium. A car park or a supermarket on this land would be a shame. We do not need or want another supermarket in the CBD.

bobtodd over 5 years ago

It is crucial that we have more parking in the CBD, particularly more all day parking for the many employees of businesses in this area as current numbers are not sufficient. An underground carpark so close to the river is not viable, have people forgotten the recent flooding of this area? It would be a costly and dangerous decision. Foreshore development should include restaurants, cafes, and public seating/walking area to fully appreciate this beautiful area. Carparking behind this, 2 or 3 storeys could be developed in an attractive way with some thought and planning. I am very disappointed in the way the State government has handled this matter and I appreciate the effort the council is making in addressing this problem. While we are waiting would it be possible for Woolworths to knock down the current eyesore, level the area and open it to temporary parking? Thank you for this opportunity.

shelley over 5 years ago

I'd love to see this area developed as a local Fish Market, similar to Pyrmont (but obviously on a much smaller scale). It could host specialty seafood shops and restaurants, ranging from fish and chips to sushi and a lovely board walk that continues on from the wharf boardwalk. The shops could extend along the boardwalk, opening up to the foreshore and hide a two tiered car park behind it.Another 'must have' would be a green-wall garden along the footpath/street frontage, to limit the traffic noise and pollution, plus give pedestrians respite from shops.Clear and transparent community consultation must take place, so that we all get a chance for input to create an area we'll be happy with. We don't need an other supermarket in that vicinity.

communitygirl over 5 years ago

My "must have" for this site. Maintain the present amount of car parking spaces that exists today ( 11th june 2014). The application by Woolworths to develop the site means extra car parking spaces will be required using Hastings Council calculation to determine the additional car parking spaces required. This space could be achieved similar to the Coles development. Additional disabled parking is a must to cater for the many disabled people of the Hastings. Parking must not be lost as this is one of the few main parking areas for the town centre. Use some of the money from the sale to develop the foreshore area for the public with seating, picnic facilities etc Allen

adornan over 5 years ago

My "must have" for this site. Maintain the present amount of car parking spaces that exists today ( 11th june 2014). The application by Woolworths to develop the site means extra car parking spaces will be required using Hastings Council calculation to determine the additional car parking spaces required. This space could be achieved similar to the Coles development. Additional disabled parking is a must to cater for the many disabled people of the Hastings. Parking must not be lost as this is one of the few main parking areas for the town centre. Use some of the money from the sale to develop the foreshore area for the public with seating, picnic facilities etc Allen

adornan over 5 years ago

I would prefer the site goes to an open and transparent EOI process to obtain THE BEST result for the site and the Community, however, if that does not occur I would conditionally support the tabled shopping centre complex concept design for the Short Street/William Street properties subject to the following-1. The scheme complies with Council’s code for the activation of the Foreshore area.2. There is full disclosure of the process undertaken by Lands related to any proposed sale of this key PMQ foreshore property...3. That all proceeds from the sale by Lands flows to the PM-H Council for the maintenance and further development of the PMQ Foreshore...4. That the Car Parking level as proposed in the draft plans exhibited will be of equal or greater capacity than the present carpark and that it will be available to the public free of any parking fee at all times 24/7 ...5. There is an undertaking by both Lands and WW that any application to Council will be in accordance with the proposal presented at the meeting on 29 May.6. That the foreshore area adjacent to the project is developed so as to integrate with and support Council’s future landscaping and foreshore activation plans.Shane Stelzer

Shane4 over 5 years ago

Philby2/6/14I agree with comments by Tara & sammyp1,they covered most thoughts, in short the building should have roof partly allocated for parking as they need some area for air/cond; and machine room, as well as under ground parking, the riverside would be well served with the set backs proposed, I would like to see the length of that wall with glass and decorative panels and tourist shops such as, coffee shops, small eating areas, so people can stroll along, stop and enjoy the view.

phil brown over 5 years ago

Maintaining flexibility of this key area is vital, even if this is currently as a car park. Future development as a commercial site should ensure multiple small businesses in key areas such as tourism, restaurant and retail or even market stall type development seen in other tourist areas such as sunshine coast. Centralising a large supermarket type development removes this and also is out of keeping with having neighbourhood shopping style development.

aforrester over 5 years ago

The riverfront must be left open so people can enjoy it the same way they currently do. The riverfront is a beautiful and precious commodity and its visibility is part of the town's character and desirability. Buildings can be placed anywhere and do not come close to providing the aesthetics that a riverfront view has. The view and riverfront should be easily accessible to everyone and not just to businesses and paying customers. This is what makes Port Macquarie so attractive. Any buildings should be set well back from the riverfront and should minimise the visual impact they have that reduces views to the riverfront. Like other commenters have already mentioned, its is doubtful than another large supermarket is required or would do well given the current competition and large number of vacant shops that are around the central business district. The footprint of the existing buildings could be widened by a couple of car lengths without being too intrusive but this will reduce the number of parking spaces unless a carpark is also placed above the building to make up for the parking lost and to provide some additional spaces.

Tara over 5 years ago

We do not need another supermarket in Port Macquarie. We do need more open space along our waterfront. The design of the Woolworths building will be an eyesore in the future. Please leave this area alone. We need the carpark, but even that is an eyesore. The government should listen to the locals and not be influenced by the money of the multinationals.

hefkps over 5 years ago

Woolworths have an approved DA to develop their site and a supermarket has been on their land since it was reclaimed. The car park has always been available to their customers since the crown land car park site has been in existence. So morally, if not legally, Woollies should have access to the car park. Given that situation Council, the state government and Woollies should negotiate the best redevelopment of the Plaza site that includes a supermarket, car park that accommodate the same number of car parks that are presently on the site, plus whatever number of car parks the supermarket requires, activation of the foreshore frontage that includes restaurants, outdoor eating and tourist activities and most important of all, no long brick wall along the foreshore. Perhaps a glass frontage similar to the Glasshouse.The Plaza Car park may be a state government owned site, but the Council should be an equal partner in the negotiations with the Crown and Woollies to ensure the redevelopment yields the best possible result for the Community.

sammyp1 over 5 years ago

I would like to see it developed appropriately that caters for everybody's needs. On one hand we do not need another supermarket, we need more car parks, and easy walkways to our foreshore. If Woolworths own the Food for Less why don't they sell it to the council to provide more parking and build their Woolworths where they were going to build at Sovereign Hills at the doughnut. This would be a better option for everyone concerned and there are too many shops vacant as it is now in our town. WE DO NOT want another Gold Coast here in our peaceful town.

Concerned over 5 years ago