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Feedback sought on Teralba Heritage Conservation Area


Lake Macquarie City Council is inviting feedback from the community on a draft Working Report and draft Building Assessment Report for the Teralba Heritage Conservation Area.

 

The draft Working Report presents the findings of a review of the Teralba Heritage Conservation Area (HCA) and Heritage Precinct by independent heritage consultants, which aims to define the current heritage significance of Teralba HCA.

Feedback on the draft Building Assessment Report will assist Council on local historical knowledge of specific structures in Teralba, and the heritage values of the area.


Lake Macquarie City Council’s Manager Integrated Planning Wes Hain encourages Teralba residents and the Lake Macquarie community to review the documents, which will guide Council to ensure that preservation of Teralba’s unique character and heritage significance is appropriately balanced with future development and growth in the suburb.


“Teralba has been identified as a suitable location for future growth, however enabling growth and more intensive development in Teralba while conserving the place’s heritage significance is a key challenge,” Mr Hain said.


“The draft Working Report will help to develop planning mechanisms that are more effective in affording protection to the heritage significance of Teralba, providing greater clarity to Council, property owners/users and those looking to develop about important issues and opportunities.”


“It’s really important to get the right mechanisms in place, so we are encouraging the community to review the draft Working Report and share their feedback.”


The draft Working Report identifies a number of findings, including:

  • changing the size of the HCA and the removal of the Heritage Precinct, which may mean a property’s heritage status could be altered

  • grading of different properties as Contributory 1, Contributory 2 or Non-contributory, which could alter the development controls for a property

  • changing the development controls (e.g. reducing permitted building heights) across the HCA, which could alter the development controls for a property

Based on the findings and recommendations of the draft Working Report, the draft Building Assessment Report as well as feedback from the local community, a revised Area Plan and changes to the Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan 2014 will be developed for Teralba.


Visit shape.lakemac.com.au/teralba-hca to provide feedback on the draft Working Report and draft Building Assessment Report for the Teralba Heritage Conservation Area. Consultation on the reports closes on Thursday 11 March 2021.


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