Coun­cil­lors ‘out of touch on hous­ing’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

COUN­CIL­LOR Michael Kerr has taken his fel­low coun­cil­lors to task in the wake of the 3-2 vote on the pro­posed plan­ning scheme at the coun­cil meet­ing last week.

Cr Kerr, while gen­er­ally in favour of the plan­ning doc­u­ment, dis­sented on the doc­u­ment’s stead­fast re­fusal to change a zon­ing to res­i­den­tial to al­low a re­tire­ment com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment on the western side of the high­way at Craiglie.

“None of the other coun­cil­lors live in Port Dou­glas, and I be­lieve they are not as in touch with the hous­ing sit­u­a­tion in Port as I am,” Cr Kerr said.

Cr Kerr told the that sup­port for de­vel­oper Steve Thomas’s re­tire­ment vil­lage at Craiglie was a prom­ise he made dur­ing in his elec­tion cam­paign for coun­cil.

“The ma­jor­ity of the plan I was very happy with, but that par­tic­u­lar point was very strong for me – it was an elec­tion com­mit­ment that I made and I have to hon­our that com­mit­ment.” Cr Kerr said he was happy, how­ever, that the zon­ing had been passed as “res­i­den­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion”.

He has been ad­vised that since then, the de­vel­oper has sought a pre-lodge­ment meet­ing with coun­cil staff.

This pre­sum­ably is with a view to a pos­si­ble lodge­ment of a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion.

Dur­ing dis­cus­sion of the mat­ter at the coun­cil meet­ing last week, the mayor said the onus was on the de­vel­oper to con­vince the coun­cil such a de­vel­op­ment was ap­pro­pri­ate.

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