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19 Sep 2022
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Dual occupancy claims to be within required setbacks

Central Coast Council has received a development application for a dual occupancy at 341 Ocean Beach Rd, Umina.

The application seeks to exceed the permitted floor space ratio by 6.2 per cent, but claims to comply with setback requirements.

This claim appears to be inconsistent with a table of requirements submitted with the application.

The proposed development is for two double-storey units "articulated in a mix of single and double storey design" with a height of 7.59 metres.

Both units have north-west facing courtyards at ground level, directly accessible from the living areas.

The private open spaces feature a mix of hard and soft finishes.

"To the street frontage, mixed material screen fencing is set back behind semi transparent plantings," according to the application submitted by Red Apple Design

The proposed site is zoned R1 General Residential with an area of 556.4 square metres and a 12.19 metre frontage with a rear laneway access.

The application states that the proposal exceeds the permitted floor space ratio of 0.5:1 at 0.53:1, due to the need "to provide their users with adequate internal dimensions to effectively enjoy their intended functions".

A reduced size would result in "insufficient room sizes and non-functional layouts", the application claims.

The application claims that the proposal complies with setbacks complies with front, side and rear setback controls, specified in the council's 2022 Development Control Plan.

However, the accompanying plans do not seem to correspond to a table of requirements listed in the application.

For example, the plans show a front setback of as little as 6.59 metres, where the table says the setback from a classified road should be 7.5 metres.

The plans show side setbacks of 1.063 metres where the table states "for any part of the building with a height of more than 4.5m-0.9m plus one-quarter of the height of the building above 4.5m", which equates to 1.673 metres.

The plans show a one metre rear setback from the rear lane where the table states a requirement of 3.0 metres "to a parallel road or public reserve".

The application is open for public comment until Friday, September 30.

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