Green light for $5.8 million Lismore gallery project
A CHORUS of cheers and claps greeted the Joint Regional Planning Panel's (JRPP) decision to approve the development application for the new Lismore Regional Gallery.
Due to Lismore City Councils involvement in the project, the JRPP, consisting of Stephen Gow, Garry West and Pamela Wesling, was tasked with the decision.
It was approved with minor amendments, which primarily dealt with a flood evacuation plan for people and the art, the purpose of the cafe in relation to the art gallery and the original purpose of the building now being used as an art gallery.
Signage was highlighted as something to be dealt with later, while parking and the existing fig tree on site were also seen to be significant issues.
The panel agreed the plan around the root structure of the fig tree and the formalisation of parking that existed around the site was satisfactory.
They also indicated that a closer look at the loading bay may be needed to ensure it would fit in with existing parking.
There were community concerns that 40 parking spaces would be lost.
The panel acknowledged that while parking had been a concern, the allocated parking in the plan was sufficient and the importance of the site to Lismore was clearly obvious and had been seen to be backed by major funding bodies.
They did express the idea that the adaptation of a bus parking bay for tourists and schools should be looked at.
Lismore Regional Gallery director Brett Adlington said he was ecstatic with the decision and said it reconfirmed the importance of the project to the local community.
Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell said she had every faith in the panel and it had been a wise decision to remove herself from the process.