FEDERATION Council has approved plans for a childcare centre in Corowa which will accommodate more than 90 children after concerns were raised with access to the facility to be built on Federation Avenue.
Leea Swasbrick, owns the block of land behind the childcare centre located next door to the caravan park, addressed council yesterday about fears with the shared right of way and other traffic-related matters including carparking.
"Should we wish to redevelop or build (on land behind the childcare) we don't want to be hindered by decisions regarding shared access, traffic and pedestrian flow," she said.
"In other words we are future proofing our options.
"I would also implore council to plan for a better parking outcome than what presently exists at the childcare in Dawe Street."
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The access road to the $1.7 million childcare to be be constructed off Federation Avenue will be 12.9 metres wide and in line with Transport NSW requirements.
Deputy mayor Shaun Whitechurch said it should be made a proper roadway to support future residential properties in the area.
"We are talking about growth and the fact we've got residential land within close proximity to the town centre we should be making every effort to allow development to continue," he said.
"It's certainly one area where development is going to continue to occur."
But, Cr Whitechurch queried the need for one of the conditions relating to drainage in a major storm event with council's development and environmental services director Susan Appleyard explaining they were Australian standard measures and applied to both residential and commercial developments.
"There has to be capacity to take water away from the building and away from the facility through the drainage system," she said.
Cr Gail Law queried the car parking allocation after the "farce" with the Dawe Street childcare centre.
"We've got one space for every four children and one space for every two staff and to me that is almost inadequate," she said.
But Ms Appleyard said the minimum requirement had been exceeded by three in the plans.
The childcare centre will consist of one large main building, 31 car parks to accommodate 92 children and 15 staff members, outdoor playground and play farm area.