Craiglie service station DA extended
COUNCILLORS voted to extent the development approval (DA) period for a proposed service station on the former site of Paws and Claws last week.
The proposed development of the site was originally approved by the former DSC in 2007, and has been renewed three times since — once by the Cairns Regional Council and now twice by the new Douglas Shire Council.
The new approval is to January 24 2018, meaning by the time the most recent extension lapses, it would have a lifespan of over a decade.
The use of the site for a service station was challenged in a petition last year that was signed by 92 locals.
The petition had highlighted environmental concerns about the site and the impact of the construction and ongoing use of a service station on the nearby waterways.
At the time, the council received the petition but conceded that there was nothing that could be done, given the service station had already been approved.
Deputy Mayor Abigail Noli brought up the petition before voting on the request to extend the approval, asking whether it was factored in to council officers recommendation to support the request.
Author of the report, co-ordinator for development assessment and co-ordination Simon Clarke said that “the petition had been dealt with, the environmental concerns are noted, and they have been conditioned not just by council, but by state government.”
Mr Clarke explained that the original application had been accompanied by the appropriate environmental studies, and that the service station was to be built on the front portion of the land, with more environmentally vulnerable parts to the rear of the block untouched.
The proposed development will be reviewed again in 12 months if construction has not gone ahead by deadline.