Con­di­tion changed on high­way sub­di­vi­sion

The Chronicle - - News - TOM GILLE­SPIE tom.gille­spie@thechron­i­

A DE­VEL­OPER want­ing to sub­di­vide a sec­tion of road on the War­rego High­way has suc­cess­fully ap­pealed an “un­rea­son­able” con­di­tion im­posed by the Toowoomba Re­gional Coun­cil.

Ap­pli­cant SW O’Brien Hold­ings sub­mit­ted to the coun­cil in June seek­ing a change of a re­quire­ment to build a new sew­er­age line from eight new in­dus­trial blocks along the high­way at Charl­ton.

Ac­cord­ing to plan­ner Al­pha Plan­ning Ap­pli­ca­tions, the con­di­tion was im­pos­si­ble to achieve be­cause it meant run­ning it through a neigh­bour­ing block owned by some­one else.

“Con­di­tion 34, as re­pro­duced above, re­quires sewer con­nec­tion works for the ap­proved de­vel­op­ment to the ex­ist­ing man­hole on the western foot­path of Ste­ger Rd to the north of the sub­ject site,” the ap­pli­ca­tion said.

“This would re­quire sewer ex­ten­sion/con­struc­tion works through the ad­join­ing lot to the north of the sub­ject site – which is un­der sep­a­rate own­er­ship to the ap­proved de­vel­op­ment site.

“As the works tech­ni­cally re­quired by the sub­ject con­di­tion would re­quire the owner’s con­sent of the ad­join­ing prop­erty owner, this re­sults in the abil­ity of the ap­pli­cant to be able to com­ply with the con­di­tion be­ing po­ten­tially com­pro­mised.”

The ap­pli­cant in­stead pro­duced an al­ter­na­tive sew­er­age plan, con­nect­ing the new sub­di­vi­sion to the coun­cil’s ex­ist­ing sew­er­age retic­u­la­tion sys­tem.

It also re­quested a change to the in­fra­struc­ture charges by ap­ply­ing an ex­ist­ing “credit” to the ap­proval.

Plan­ning of­fi­cer Rod­ney O’Brien ap­proved the change last week.

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