NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Key features and FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the Shell Cove Boat Harbour Precinct Modification.

What does the proposed modification include?

The Shell Cove Boat Harbour Precinct was the subject of a Concept Approval granted on 15 February 2011. There have been no modifications to the Concept Approval.


On 9 August 2017, the Proponent lodged a modification application seeking to:

  • increase the maximum number of dwellings from 1,238 to 1,566;
  • revise housing densities and typologies across the site;
  • reconfigure the Town Centre layout including relocating the hotel building to the northern gateway;
  • increase the maximum building height in certain areas;
  • include ‘serviced apartments’ and’ residential accommodation’ as permissible uses within the hotel building;
  • include an additional 6,000m² of land within Precinct E (the ‘northern lands’) for residential development; and
  • refine road patterns and layout.
What is the role of the Department in the assessment process?
  • The Department of Planning and Environment will assess the merits of the modification application for the Shell Cove Boat Harbour Precinct. 
  • As part of our assessment process, we asked for feedback to better understand the views and concerns of the community. 
What consultation on the proposed modification has been undertaken?
  • The Environmental Assessment Report (EAR) for the modification was publicly exhibited by the Department between 15 September – 20 October 2017. 
  • In total, 208 submissions were received. 
  • The Department requested the Proponent to respond to the issues raised in submissions.
  • The Proponent lodged its Response to Submissions (RtS) report, which is available on our major projects website, and was open for comment between 13 March and 27 March 2018.
What happened next?
  • The Department assessed the merits of the modification application, including all submissions and community feedback.
  • We made a recommendation to the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) that the modification application be approved, subject to conditions.
  • The IPC held a public meeting as a part of its consideration of the proposal, providing another opportunity for the community to voice its concerns, before giving condition support to the proposal.
  • Read the IPC determination of the Shell Cove Modification proposal.
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Page last updated: 23/11/2022