Moss­man fo­cus on re­tire­ment plan­ning

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

MAYOR Ju­lia Leu is “philo­soph­i­cal” about re­ports that the developer of a pro­posed re­tire­ment vil­lage on the out­skirts of Port Dou­glas has shelved the plan.

She has pointed up the plans for a re­tire­ment vil­lage that fea­tures as part of Stage 2 of the new Moss­man nurs­ing home de­vel­op­ment.

Coun­cil is work­ing to­wards get­ting the site ready for de­vel­op­ers to ten­der for the con­struc­tion of a new re­tire­ment vil­lage to com­ple­ment the much-needed aged care fa­cil­ity cur­rently be­ing con­structed by The Sal­va­tion Army Aged Care Plus on John­ston Rd, Moss­man.

“This is an ideal site for a re­tire­ment vil­lage in the Dou­glas Shire, close to med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing the hospi­tal as well as shops and lo­cal fa­cil­i­ties and it en­ables res­i­dents to com­fort­ably tran­si­tion to nurs­ing home care as they get older if and when they need to,” Mayor Leu said.

Re­gard­ing the pro­posed re­tire­ment vil­lage on Fer­rero Road, Port Dou­glas, Ms Leu said that un­der the new Plan­ning Scheme “which we ex­pect the State Gov­ern­ment to ap­prove in the near fu­ture, Coun­cil has in­cluded land to the west of the high­way in Craiglie as a Res­i­den­tial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Area to en­able con­sid­er­a­tion of suit­able types of de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of a re­tire­ment vil­lage, in this lo­ca­tion if it meets cer­tain cri­te­ria”.

“Part of that cri­te­ria in­cludes the developer pay­ing for any trunk in­fra­struc­ture, which for a de­vel­op­ment of the size of the pro­posed res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment in Fer­rero Road would likely cost mil­lions of dol­lars.

“What many peo­ple may not re­alise is that if Coun­cil had zoned this area as the developer had wanted, then Coun­cil would be ob­li­gated to the pro­vi­sion of sub­stan­tial trunk in­fra­struc­ture which has not been planned or bud­geted for.

“This is partly the pur­pose of the Res­i­den­tial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Area to make sure any de­vel­op­ment west of the high­way is pro­vided with ap­pro­pri­ate ser­vices, without un­nec­es­sar­ily im­pact­ing the use of ratepay­ers’ money.

“I and the ma­jor­ity of our Coun­cil­lors also be­lieve there are ar­eas of va­cant land on the de­vel­oped side of the high­way which are al­ready zoned for res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment and suit­able for a re­tire­ment vil­lage, if de­vel­op­ers choose to utilise their land for this pur­pose.

“Carv­ing up part of our ru­ral area for re­tire­ment lots as small as 300 square me­tres does not nec­es­sar­ily pro­vide the best plan­ning out­come for our com­mu­ni­ties in the longterm.

“This is why a spe­cial plan­ning ap­proach is to be adopted through the Res­i­den­tial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Area in the new plan­ning scheme.”

Re­tire­ment vil­lage pro­posed at Craiglie

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