Councillors ‘out of touch on housing’
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.