Costco plan gains support

US discount giant Costco's plans to build a retail warehouse at Marsden Park could be one step closer tomorrow night.

A Blacktown Council report recommends preparing a site-specific amendment to the Growth Centres State Environmental Planning Policy to permit Costco to build on land in Hollinsworth Road.

The council would then forward the planning proposal to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure for a "gateway" (preliminary) determination.

It would be the third Costco warehouse in Sydney and seventh in Australia.

Fourteen out of the 15 councillors voted in support of the report at last week's policy meeting and are expected to give it the green light at tomorrow night's ordinary meeting.

The council initially rejected the planning proposal last year because it said Costco's core business of retail wasn't appropriate in its proposed location in the industrial precinct, given a proposed town centre to serve the North West Growth Centre would be built 1.6 kilometres away.

The matter was deferred and several meetings have been held since to address concerns.

An independent economic impact assessment estimated more than 600,000 people who wouldn't otherwise go to Marsden Park would visit Costco each year, which could potentially generate sales at the town centre.

Another consultant report argued Costco wouldn't sit well within a town centre because it was not an traditional retailer.

Labor councillor Stephen Bali said Costco would benefit the city: "Costco says it will create up to 300 full time jobs and 500 all up," he said.

Costco did not respond to the Sun's requests for comment.

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