THE Trinity Point marina and residential project is today expected to win final approval from the Planning Assessment Commission.
Johnson Property Group will develop the $388 million project at Morisset Park, overlooking Bardens Bay.
Johnson Property Group said it received word yesterday the NSW Planning Assessment Commission would formerly approve the Trinity Point Mixed Use Concept Plan Modification 5 this morning.
The modification sought to include the addition of tourist facilities.
Johnson Property Group CEO Keith Johnson said the approval cleared the way for construction of a 5-star hotel and commercial precinct, and an apartment precinct to include short-stay and residential apartments.
“This will be a key economic driver for the local community and a major new tourist destination for NSW,” Mr Johnson said.
Former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins and former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke are ambassadors for the project.
Mr Clarke and wife Kyly this week became the first to buy a home – a luxury four-bedroom terrace – at Trinity Point.
The first land release comprising 32 lots priced from $398,888 will occur at a launch party this Sunday, which Ms Hawkins and Mr Clarke will attend.
Six years ago, the NSW government approved a concept plan for the site, but Mr Johnson modified it after industry consultation.
He said the new plan was needed to ensure the project was viable.
The hotel and commercial precinct at the 23-hectare site will include a 5-star hotel and business conference facilities, 200-seat restaurant, 300-seat function room, cafe, and 100-seat marquee.
The apartment precinct will include 250 apartments comprising a mix of residential and short-stay units.
In June last year, Johnson Property Group received approval to build the first 94 berths of a proposed 188-berth marina at the site.
Mr Johnson said the project would generate about 3500 construction jobs, and ongoing jobs in the hospitality, tourism and marina elements of the project.
“Further to this, indirect employment will be significant for the supply of services to the hotel and hospitality elements, as well as vessels operating from the marina,” he said.
Mr Johnson said the world class project was already being compared to Qualia on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays, and marinas at Port Douglas.
The path to approval
The NSW Department of Planning had earlier recommended the modifications be approved, saying it was satisfied they would not adversely affect the environment and traffic, but would strengthen the site’s viability.
At a Planning Assessment Commission meeting at Morisset earlier this month, opponents raised concerns about traffic congestion, parking shortfalls, building scale, environmental impacts and visual amenity.
“It might be a great development, but it is in the wrong location,” Morisset Park resident Margaret Carew told the meeting.