The NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) is collating submissions from the community as well as government agencies into the proposed Shaolin Temple and Tourist Development at Falls Creek.
But it already appears there will public hearing into the proposal, with a department spokesperson confirming there had been 25 objections, which meant the department would refer its recommendation to the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) to make the final determination.
The Shaolin Temple Foundation lodged a formal modification application for its proposed development at Comberton Grange, south of Nowra, in February this year.
The application went on public exhibition for comment in April, with submissions closing on May 13.
Shaolin gained approved concept plans in September 2014 for nine precincts including the temple, education, village centre, health and wellness, hotel, information, heritage, Chinese garden and agricultural precincts where Shaolin can practice as well as share Shaolin teachings and culture with the Australian people.
The original concept plan was a joint venture that included a golf course and residential accommodation but those elements were not approved.
The modification request, prepared by Urbis Pty Ltd, on behalf of Shaolin Temple Foundation sought to amend the layout and built form of all development precincts, including co-locating the village centre and hotel precincts in the northern section of the site and relocating the Chinese garden, information, wellness and education precincts.
It is proposed the temple precinct itself will be reconfiguration into three sub precincts.
The plan also includes various amendments to traffic, stormwater, biodiversity and Aboriginal cultural heritage conditions to reflect the amended concept plan.
The proposal said the development would be constructed in stages, to be completed over a 10 to 15- year period.
As the responses were still being collated the DPE spokesperson could not confirm how many submissions had been received.
"Once all responses are collated, the applicant will provide a submissions' report responding to all the issues raised," the spokesperson said.
"The department will then rigorously assess the modification based on the report as well all community feedback."