Almost 19ha of land in Windale would be rezoned for medium density housing to capitalise on its central location and growth under a draft Council plan open for public comment.
The draft amendment to the Lake Macquarie Local Environment Plan, and an accompanying draft Windale Area Plan, pave the way for greater diversity in housing between Windale and Mount Hutton shops.
More than 0.7ha of land on Lake Street across from the suburb’s existing retail strip would be rezoned from ‘medium density residential’ to ‘neighbourhood centre’, with the maximum development height for the entire retail precinct increased to three storeys.
Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Integrated Planning Wes Hain said various studies had identified significant potential for infill development in Windale to cater for the City’s future growth.
“The section of Windale proposed to be rezoned has excellent access to existing services, facilities and employment areas,” Mr Hain said.
“We want to revitalise and grow this area, and that goal is reflected in recent and planned investment – both by Council and the private sector.”
A new skate park, community hall and library are among the Council projects in the pipeline for Windale, while the recent expansion of Lake Macquarie Square and Spotlight Group’s $100 million retail and commercial centre adjoining the suburb demonstrate a growing appreciation of its potential.
“Data indicates Windale will need more one and two-bedroom homes, more independent living homes for people with disability and more housing for families with children,” Mr Hain said.
“Gradual expansion of the Windale shops will support this increased population.”
The draft proposal is on exhibition until 11 November at shape.lakemac.com.au. Council will host a pop-up information session at Windale Community Hall on Thursday 24 October from 2-4pm.