Plan­ning scheme passes but not with­out dis­senters

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Moya Stevens

THE Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil ap­proved the Dou­glas Shire Plan­ning Scheme 2017 which, in part, does not ap­prove the re­zon­ing for a pro­posed re­tire­ment vil­lage on the western side of the Cap­tain Cook High­way on Fer­rero Road, Craiglie.

Speak­ing against the Plan­ning Scheme as pre­sented, Cr Michael Kerr said he made an elec­tion com­mit­ment and said that if this de­vel­op­ment did not pro­ceed, fu­ture em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties would be im­peded.

The land un­der con­sid­er­a­tion is part of an area cur­rently zoned as Res­i­den­tial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Area.

Coun­cil’s Plan­ning Co­or­di­na­tor, Mr Si­mon Clarke, ex­plained it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to re­zone this land at this time as “we have not done thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tions” and that the Scheme is not just about one de­vel­op­ment pro­posal.

“It is not ap­pro­pri­ate to re­zone any area un­less there is more in­ves­ti­ga­tion into all the is­sues,” Mr Clarke said.

Mr Clarke men­tioned there was a ma­jor elec­tri­cal sub-sta­tion near the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment and mat­ters around this need to be con­sid­ered as well as ero­sion and flood­ing is­sues.

Cr David Carey also ques­tioned mat­ters re­gard­ing low and very low res­i­den­tial zones, as the land in ques­tion is cur­rently zones Res­i­den­tial Zone 1, Low In­ten­sity.

Mr Clarke ex­plained how there is no par­tic­u­lar zone that caters for re­tire­ment vil­lages how­ever this par­tic­u­lar land is to be in­cluded in a Res­i­den­tial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Area in the Strate­gic Frame­work to en­able this in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“There are a num­ber of ex­ist­ing large lots in Port Dou­glas which are zoned as be­ing avail­able for re­tire­ment vil­lage pur­poses with­out the need to re­zone land on the western side of the high­way,” Mr Clarke said.

It was noted by Mayor Leu that there were no pro­vi­sions for high care or in­ten­sive care for res­i­dents in the de­vel­op­ment pro­posal.

“I am not con­vinced this pro­posal is ap­pro­pri­ate but now the onus is on the pro­po­nent to con­vince us oth­er­wise,” Mayor Leu said, “and I be­lieve by ap­prov­ing this Plan­ning Scheme as it stands is the best out­come for our com­mu­nity.”

Some dis­cus­sion cen­tred on the mat­ter of veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment and Mr Clarke in­di­cated that a stronger Veg­e­ta­tion Man­age­ment Code will be drafted as “there are too many holes in the present Code”.

The Mayor ex­plained to the meet­ing that as there is likely to be a state elec­tion to­wards the end of the year, a de­ci­sion now would as­sist in hav­ing the Scheme ap­proved by the state au­thor­i­ties.

“How much longer will it be fur­ther de­layed if we have an elec­tion,” Mayor Leu said.

Other mat­ters that were dis­cussed in re­la­tion to the Scheme in­cluded sub­mis­sions in sup­port of a Spe­cial En­ter­tain­ment Precinct in Port Dou­glas.

Cr Carey spoke to this mat­ter and pro­posed an amend­ment to the Scheme to in­clude an En­ter­tain­ment Precinct as an “in­te­gral com­po­nent of the draft Scheme”.

The amend­ment lapsed for want of a sec­on­der.

“On that ba­sis, I am not vot­ing for the rec­om­men­da­tion (to pass the Scheme as pre­sented),” Cr Carey said.

Three Coun­sel­lors voted for the Scheme to be pre­sented to the Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture and Plan­ning, Mayor Ju­lia Leu, Cr Noli and Cr Zam­mataro whilst Crs Kerr and Carey voted against the mo­tion.

No zon­ing change: The pro­posed re­tire­ment vil­lage site at Craiglie

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