An Aldi supermarket in Merimbula will be a reality after the Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel (SJRPP) approved the Development Application recently.
The DA went before the Joint Regional Planning Panel due the cost of construction being valued at $6.9 million and as Council was the land owner.
In giving reasons for their decision, the SJRPP determined that the proposed development was consistent with the Bega Valley LEP 2013 and DCP 2013 and appropriate for the site in accordance with the relevant statutory planning provisions.
The German giant will now be able to proceed with their plans at 103 and 105 – 107 Main Street, Merimbula.
Importantly the panel did impose modified conditions of approval that will require Aldi to do the following:
- Submit a landscape plan that provides additional landscaping to the Main Street carpark.
- Plant four large trees (10 – 20 metres in height) within the road reserve of the new service road and a further two within the Main Street footpath.
- Provide a public artwork in Merimbula or a monetary payment in lieu.
- Fence the side boundary with 99 Main Street using materials that complement the development.
- Only trim and/or remove tress and vegetation that would impede construction of the supermarket.
- Provide Council with a noise verification report (prepared by an appropriately qualified acoustic consultant) within three months of the supermarket opening.
The decision of the SRJPP comes following a public consultation period, site inspections, briefing meetings and a final public meeting on 28 June.