Transport for NSW has proposed the Coffs Harbour Bypass, a 14-kilometre bypass of the Coffs Harbour urban area, from Englands Road in the south to Sapphire in the north. The proposal is part of the Pacific Highway Upgrade project and will be funded by the Australian and NSW governments.
The Bypass is identified as Critical State Significant Infrastructure (CSSI) under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
A preferred concept design for the Bypass was released in 2018, and community feedback informed key refinements made in 2019, which included lowering the gradients of the bypass and incorporating three tunnels at Roberts Hill, Shephards Lane and Gateleys Road.
The concept design informed the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which was exhibited in October 2019. TfNSW reviewed all submissions and prepared a Response to Submissions (RTS) report. The RTS addresses concerns or issues raised by the community, councils or government agencies during the exhibition period.
An Amendment Report has also been produced to reflect changes to the concept design, as informed by feedback from stakeholders, the community and submissions received during the EIS exhibition. The amendments include:
The department will independently assess the application based on the EIS, the RTS, the Amendment Report, and community, council and government agency submissions.
Once assessment is complete, we will make a recommendation to the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces for final determination.
A Community Consultative Committee (CCC) has been established by the project for the Coffs Harbour Bypass to provide a forum for discussion with representatives of the Coffs Harbour community, stakeholder groups and the local council on issues directly relating to the project.
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has appointed Dr Colin Gellatly (AO) as the independent chair of the Coffs Harbour Bypass CCC.
To find out more about the Coffs Harbour Bypass you can:
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Image source: Transport for NSW.
Banner image caption: Artist Impression of proposed Shephards Lane tunnel (Coffs Harbour Bypass). Source: Transport for NSW.
Page last updated: 26/06/2020