Draft de­fines ur­ban land

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE draft plan­ning scheme sets out an agenda de­signed to con­tain the ur­ban foot­print of the shire within de­fined bound­aries, while leav­ing the door open to new de­vel­op­ment.

With Port Dou­glas and Moss­man as the main driv­ers be­hind the Dou­glas Shire econ­omy, the draft scheme seeks to con­tain both towns within their bound­aries, while en­cour­ag­ing the strengths of both – tourism in Port Dou­glas and ad­min­is­tra­tion and ru­ral ser­vices in Moss­man.

“Ex­pan­sion be­yond this boundary is not fa­cil­i­tated as it does not sup­port the ef­fi­cient and or­derly de­liv­ery of ur­ban in­fra­struc­ture,” the draft states.

While declar­ing both towns will not ex­pand be­yond the ur­ban ar­eas de­fined, the draft scheme leaves the door open for both res­i­den­tial and in­dus­trial ex­pan­sion by lay­ing out ‘in­ves­ti­ga­tion ar­eas’ in three places.

Two are in Moss­man, with an in­dus­try in­ves­ti­ga­tion area near the Moss­man Mill and a res­i­den­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion area be­tween Moss­man and South Moss­man.

The third in­ves­ti­ga­tion area is in Craiglie, ly­ing to the west of the Cap­tain Cook High­way, with a ‘trans­port in­ves­ti­ga­tion cor­ri­dor’ fol­low­ing the west­ern bor­der of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion area and to the west of the Craiglie in­dus­try area.

Con­sid­er­ing land to the west of the high­way at Craiglie for ur­ban ex­pan­sion would rep­re­sent a sig­nif­i­cant change to pre­vi­ous plans, which have re­sisted such a move.

The draft con­cedes how­ever that “some of these ar­eas are not an­tic­i­pated to be re­quired un­til later in the plan­ning scheme time hori­zon, if not be­yond it.”

The draft scheme locks down the in­ves­ti­ga­tion ar­eas with a litany of de­vel­op­ment re­quire­ments, mak­ing progress a slow process if they pro­ceed be­yond be­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion ar­eas.

“No ur­ban de­vel­op­ment is to oc­cur within the res­i­den­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion ar­eas un­til a com­pre­hen­sive struc­ture plan has been pre­pared that pro­vides for in­te­grated, well-con­nected res­i­den­tial set­tle­ments, tak­ing into ac­count con­straints, in­fra­struc­ture ser­vic­ing and ca­pac­ity re­quire­ments, flood­ing and drainage, and se­quenc­ing.” Mayor Ju­lia Leu said to the

that the ‘res­i­den­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion area’, “means a par­tic­u­lar lo­ca­tion has been iden­ti­fied in the Pro­posed Plan­ning Scheme as not be­ing suit­able for res­i­den­tial sub­di­vi­sion at this time as there are other lo­ca­tions through­out the Shire more ap­pro­pri­ate for res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment.

“In say­ing that, an op­por­tu­nity may still ex­ist for res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment in a res­i­den­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion area if the pro­po­nent is able to demon­strate this is the best out­come for our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Ms Leu also said that the trans­port in­ves­ti­ga­tion cor­ri­dor was iden­ti­fied to “pro­tect fu­ture trans­port op­por­tu­ni­ties to sup­port the sus­tain­able growth of the shire.”

The in­dus­try in­ves­ti­ga­tion area in Moss­man al­lows for wrig­gle room for in­creased in­dus­trial ac­tiv­ity should there be a need, with the draft scheme say­ing “any fu­ture ex­pan­sion of in­dus­try is en­cour­aged in Moss­man rather than Port Dou­glas hav­ing re­gard to the high de­mand for land for tourism and res­i­den­tial pur­poses at Port Dou­glas and the role of Moss­man as a com­mer­cial cen­tre.”

The in­dus­try in­ves­ti­ga­tion area in Moss­man North ad­ja­cent to the sugar mill is in­tended to “cater for the types of in­dus­try that may oth­er­wise con­sti­tute an amenity nui­sance in other in­dus­trial lo­ca­tions.”

The new in­dus­try in­ves­ti­ga­tion area would add to the al­ready es­tab­lished ar­eas in Moss­man and Craiglie and the ‘marine ori­en­tated ac­tiv­i­ties’ in Port Dou­glas.

Be­yond Moss­man and Port Dou­glas, Wonga Beach, Newell, Cooya Beach and “var­i­ous other small towns, vil­lages and ru­ral res­i­den­tial land, in­clud­ing the land north of the Dain­tree River, are not in­tended to grow or in­crease in den­sity.”

The strate­gic frame­work map for the Port Dou­glas and Moss­man area. Clearly shown is the land west of the Cap­tain Cook High­way at Craiglie high­lighted as a po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ment area, with the trans­port in­ves­ti­ga­tion cor­ri­dor fur­ther west of the cur­rent road. Key: Green - nat­u­ral/scenic area, yel­low - ru­ral, pink - ur­ban - pur­ple - in­dus­try, blue - town cen­tres.

El­ders with Liz Col­lyer and Ju­lia Leu at Rex Smeal Park.

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