Mossman focus on retirement planning
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