Restau­rant on farm pro­posal ve­toed by coun­cil­lors

CARABOODA EATERY ‘INCOMPATIBLE’ WITH AGRI­CUL­TURE

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

PLANS for a restau­rant in Carabooda have been scrapped by Wan­neroo coun­cil­lors.

The own­ers of a laven­der farm on Old Yanchep Road ap­plied to the City of Wan­neroo last Novem­ber to build a restau­rant on the 10.2ha site.

They also made an ap­pli­ca­tion for ru­ral use that would in­clude sell­ing a range of laven­der prod­ucts within the restau­rant.

A City re­port said four ob­jec­tions to the pro­posal were re­ceived dur­ing the June ad­ver­tis­ing pe­riod, with the main is­sues re­lat­ing to the in­com­pat­i­bil­ity of the restau­rant with the sur­round­ing agri­cul­tural area and po­ten­tial com­plaints from the restau­rant own­ers about noise and odour from nearby prop­er­ties.

The site is part of the ru­ral re­source zone, which aims to pro­tect in­ten­sive agri­cul­ture, hor­ti­cul­ture, an­i­mal hus­bandry and ba­sic raw ma­te­ri­als ar­eas from incompatible use or sub­di­vi­sion.

Nanovich Farm owner Ja­son Neave and Peter New­bound, who rep­re­sented most of sur­round­ing landown­ers, pre­sented dep­u­ta­tions against the de­vel­op­ment prior to the De­cem­ber 6 coun­cil meet­ing.

Mr New­bound said the own­ers sup­ported eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and tourism but it was “sim­ply in the wrong place”.

“Should the restau­rant be ac­cepted, what’s at risk is hav­ing to close down the farms,” he said.

Mr Neave was con­cerned about the im­pact of the po­ten­tial restau­rant and said the lime kilns op­po­site Leop­ard Lodge in Carabooda, which the re­port gave as an ex­am­ple of an ap­proved restau­rant within the ru­ral re­source zone, were now lim­ited to burn­ing two nights per week.

“An ap­pli­ca­tion such as this, if ap­proved, would see huge im­pli­ca­tions,” he said.

The re­port said un­der the City’s dis­trict plan­ning scheme, a restau­rant was a dis­cre­tionary use sub­ject to ad­ver­tis­ing and ru­ral use was per­mit­ted in the ru­ral re­source zone.

Given ar­eas sur­round­ing Leop­ard Lodge con­tin­ued to be used for in­ten­sive agri­cul­ture since ap­proval was granted in 2010, it said the restau­rant was not incompatible.

The restau­rant was planned to be at least 150m from ad­join­ing prop­er­ties and the re­port said they had to com­ply with noise, odour, dust and pes­ti­cide use re­gard­less of whether the restau­rant op­er­ated or not.

“The City will be re­quired to in­ves­ti­gate any com­plaints from the landown­ers of the sub­ject site,” it said.

“If there are no breaches to the rel­e­vant leg­is­la­tion, then no ac­tion will need to be taken by the City and the vi­a­bil­ity of the sur­round­ing land uses will not be im­pacted.”

As re­quired, the ap­pli­cants pro­vided a writ­ten state­ment ac­knowl­edg­ing the na­ture and le­git­i­macy of nearby op­er­a­tions.

The City’s rec­om­men­da­tion for ap­proval sub­ject to con­di­tions lapsed for want of a mover and Cr Dianne Guise pre­sented an al­ter­na­tive mo­tion for re­fusal be­cause the restau­rant was not con­sid­ered com­pat­i­ble with the sur­round­ing in­ten­sive agri­cul­ture ar­eas and it may be af­fected by their ac­tiv­i­ties.

She also asked the City to draft a lo­cal plan­ning pol­icy to guide fu­ture ap­pli­ca­tions for sen­si­tive land uses in ru­ral ar­eas.

Cr Guise said the pro­posal con­tra­dicted the ob­jec­tives of the ru­ral re­source zone, which was de­signed to pro­tect agri­cul­tural ar­eas.

“We can’t af­ford fur­ther dis­place­ment of agri­cul­ture in our re­gion,” she said.

“Given the im­por­tance of the in­dus­try both to our re­gion and the state, we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to do ev­ery­thing to pro­tect ru­ral re­source land and agribusi­ness.”

Af­ter sup­port­ing state­ments from four coun­cil­lors, Cr Linda Aitken moved a pro­ce­dural mo­tion for it to be voted upon with­out fur­ther de­bate but this was lost 3-11.

Sev­eral other coun­cil­lors spoke in sup­port of the mo­tion and it was then passed unan­i­mously. Laura Pond

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