A park is a late addition to controversial rezoning plans for the former Toyota site on Woolooware Bay, which have taken a major step forward.
The 3000 square metre park would be transferred to council ownership on completion under the "sweetener" introduced at Monday night's Sutherland Shire Council meeting.
The Liberals had the numbers to send the Planning Proposal, including other modifications, to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for Gateway determination.
They argued the proposal would create jobs and attract tourism, but Labor councillors opposed the radical departure from the business park mould, with Cr Peter Scaysbrook describing it as "Disneyland without the mouse ears".
It's like Disneyland without the mouse ears.- Labor councillor Peter Scaysbrook
The Planning Proposal that will go to the state government would allow a pub, hotel-motel accommodation and 2000 square metre shopping area as additional uses in the existing business park zoning.
Also, a maximum building height of 50 metres (15 storeys) would be allowed in the central part of the site, with a limit of 25 metres adjacent to Solander Fields and 30 metres for the remainder of the site.
Under the present zoning, the permitted maximum building height is 16 metres (five storeys).
The foreshore buffer would be increased to 50 metres in line with a NSW Fisheries recommendation.
Sydney South Planning Panel, in a 3-2 decision, had earlier recommended the proposal not proceed to Gateway, saying it lacked strategic merit.
The council subsequently modified the plans, but retained all elements to some degree.
Cr Carmelo Pesce, who moved the successful motion, said, "If we are serious about creating jobs and tourism in the shire, we have to support this".
Cr Pesce said the reason for the 50 metres building height was that, because of the soil conditions, parking had to be above ground.
He said the 2000 square metres shopping area was half what the property owner had requested.
Cr Pesce incorporated into the motion Cr Kent Johns's suggestion for a public park.
Deputy mayor Michael Forshaw (Labor), said it was a "breathtaking ambit claim".
"We are no longer talking about a business park," he said. "I can't support this proposal because it doesn't, in my view, fit that objective."
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