Plan could revitalise Oak Flats
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Shellharbour City councillor Helen Stewart (front), Oak Flats resident Bob Jago and MMJ Real Estate owner Dale Whittaker. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS OAK Flats-based real estate agent Dale Whittaker could see the suburb becoming the Balmain of Shellharbour City, thanks to the Oak Flats Town Centre Plan.
Shellharbour City councillors last week voted unanimously to put the draft plan, which aims to make Oak Flats’ central business district a more ‘‘active and vibrant area,’’ out for public exhibition.
Similar to plans which have been adopted for Shellharbour Village and Albion Park, the Oak Flats Town Centre plan would see building height limits in the CBD raised from 11 metres to 15 metres, parking requirements eased for high-density residential buildings and alterations to floor space ratios.
The plan also recommends improving pedestrian access across the CBD, increasing cycle networks around the town and providing outdoor places that would attract people to meet and gather.
Mr Whittaker, the owner of MMJ Real Estate on Central Avenue, believes those recommendations combined with the existing character of the suburb could see Oak Flats thrive.
‘‘I think the ideas in the plan would be a great step forward and I like to see them be implemented, but I think it’s important we maintain the identity of Oak Flats as well,’’ Mr Whittaker said.
‘‘It has the potential to undergo a transformation like Balmain, a traditionally blue collar area that is now bustling with outdoor dining and things like that, a place where people want to come for something different to anywhere else in the area.
‘‘We do need some investment in the area and I think the changes to building heights and parking requirements could get that happening.
“I know of a few developments that have been held up because of those things in the past.’’
Another recommendation in the plan would result in the demolition of the old baby health centre on the corner of Central Avenue and Fisher Street, and the block turned into a public space.
However, Oak Flats resident Bob Jago believes the council should sell the land.
‘‘It’s a prime location on the corner here and a pretty valuable piece of land,’’ Mr Jago said.
‘‘The money that comes from that would be a good amount and that could go towards the improvements in the plan or go towards finishing the streetscape works down the other end of town.’’
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