Open space re-zoned for hous­ing

The Chronicle - - NEWS - Matthew New­ton Matthew.New­ton@thechron­i­

PROP­ERTY de­vel­oper Clive Berghofer has won ap­proval from the Toowoomba Re­gional Coun­cil to have a 3.94ha area of zoned open space re­moved from Kear­neys Spring to make way for a fu­ture hous­ing devel­op­ment.

The zoned open space sat on a 16.33 ha, un­de­vel­oped block of land south of the sub­urb of Kear­neys Spring, bor­der­ing Nel­son St to the north and Kear­ney St to the west.

Ac­cord­ing to a devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion lodged with the coun­cil, a coun­cil­lor and coun­cil of­fi­cers con­firmed in June 2016 the ma­jor­ity of 3.94ha sec­tion of land was no longer re­quired for pub­lic open space pur­poses, with another park sit­u­ated closeby.

Eco­nomic As­so­ciates pre­pared a re­port look­ing at the po­ten­tial de­mand for res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment on the land, which found the Dar­ling Heights was an­tic­i­pated to achieve “a strong pop­u­la­tion growth be­tween 2016 and 2036” of be­tween 1.9 and 2.6%.

The re­port ar­gued there was a num­ber of con­straints to devel­op­ment in the Dar­ling Heights/ Kear­neys Spring area and that when tak­ing them into ac­count, there was a pro­jected short­fall of hous­ing sup­ply be­tween 2021 and 2026.

“The in­clu­sion of the land within the sub­ject site cur­rently iden­ti­fied as open space will as­sist in ad­dress­ing the likely short­fall in devel­op­ment sup­ply to 2026,” the re­port said.

The ap­pli­ca­tion for the re­moval of the zoned open space was sup­ported by an in­dica­tive mas­ter­plan for a new hous­ing devel­op­ment.

TRC Plan­ning and Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee chair Cr Chris Tait said the area was well-ser­viced for park­land and that stormwa­ter was be­ing con­trolled in a dif­fer­ent man­ner than was first pro­posed some years ago.

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