Beach ac­cess blocks plan

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Tony Rag­gatt tony. rag­gatt@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au In­vestor starts Page 23

THE de­vel­oper of a planned gated com­mu­nity at Rad­i­cal Bay may have to go back to t he draw­ing board af­ter Townsville City Coun­cil’s plan­ning and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee yes­ter­day re­jected its de­vel­op­ment a p p l i c a t i o n a f t e r a l most three years of as­sess­ment.

The re­jec­tion came de­spite a rec­om­men­da­tion for ap­proval by plan­ning staff.

Plan­ning com­mit­tee chair­man Cr David Crisa­fulli said he be­lieved there should be de­vel­op­ment on the site but t h e o n e c o n d i t i o n f r o m which he could not change was that the de­vel­op­ment should not re­strict pub­lic ac­cess to the beach­front.

The de­vel­oper’s plans for a c a r p a r k a n d w a l k w a y around the pro­posed 24-lot es­tate were ‘‘ not even close’’ to meet­ing that re­quire­ment, he said.

‘‘ It would there­fore be a beach locked be­hind a gated com­mu­nity which you would have to walk around,’’ he said.

The ap­pli­ca­tion will come be­fore the full coun­cil at its next meet­ing be­fore t he re­jec­tion is rat­i­fied and the de­vel­oper, Sun­shine Coastb a s e d J u n i p e r P r o p e r t y Hold­ings, can ap­peal.

A spokesman for Ju­niper said they could not com­ment un­til they had been of­fi­cially

of

the

coun­cil’s in­formed de­ci­sion.

Ju­niper’s plans have been o p p o s e d b y c o m m u n i t y groups and res­i­dents on Mag­netic Is­land for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons.

T h e M a g n e t i c I s l a n d Na­ture Care As­so­ci­a­tion, in a l e t t e r t o t he c o unci l , warned coun­cil and ratepay­ers could be open to ‘‘ legal vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties’’ for ap­prov­ing de­vel­op­ment subj ect t o storm surge and ero­sion.

The shore­line had been shifted in­land by Cy­clone Yasi and t he des­ig­nated Ero­sion Prone Area had been po­si­tioned fur­ther to­ward the sea than should be the case, the as­so­ci­a­tion said.

Cr Crisa­fulli said this was not an is­sue for the coun­cil but for the State Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Re­source Man­age­ment.

He said his ‘ ‘ door was open’’ to the de­vel­op­ers to ne­go­ti­ate an out­come.

‘‘ My opin­ion is the site is free­hold, there­fore, there s h o u l d b e d e v e l o p m e n t there,’’ he said.

Ju­niper ap­plied t o t he coun­cil to re­con­fig­ure the prop­erty into 24 group ti­tle lots rang­ing in size from 587sq m to 854sq m in 2008.

The ap­pli­ca­tion re­placed Ju­niper’s pre­vi­ous pro­posal for a $ 140 mil­lion Sea Tem­ple re­sort.

One source said Ju­niper should have ne­go­ti­ated a ‘‘ win-win out­come’’ with the coun­cil.

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