FUTURE stages of the Hilltop carer accommodation centre could prioritise an upgrade of the intersection of Borella Road and Keene Street in East Albury.
Albury Council this week ticked-off the development application for a further 10 rooms, which was the recipient of a $1.9 million federal funding grant last week, and another 10 rooms was planned for a future stage.
Safety issues at the Borella Road-Keene Street intersection due to increased traffic movements were raised in the only submission received by council.
The Borella Road-Riverina Highway corridor is presently being investigated and council traffic engineers believe traffic generated from the additional 10 rooms "will not have a significant impact on the existing function" of the intersection.
An additional 11 car parking spaces are being created and during the construction period a compound will be established within the site including a loading-unloading area.
It was also confirmed due to the applicant, Fight Cancer Foundation, being a registered charity, Section 94 developer contributions (stormwater, roads, open space), were not applicable to the development, but Section 64 charges (water, sewer) were calculated on "backpackers/hostel" style guest rooms due to short-stay nature of their use.
Cr David Thurley welcomed the next stage in the carer accommodation centre which was passed unanimously by council.
"This is adding to the facility and providing carer support," he said.
"We should welcome and be glad this sort of development is happening.
"People who are already under stress don't have to suffer more stress."
Construction is hoped to start later this year.
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