HIGH STAKES

De­vel­oper doesn’t budge in the bat­tle for Bar­gara

NewsMail - - FRONT PAGE - CAROLYN BOOTH

FUR­THER in­for­ma­tion about a pro­posed Bar­gara de­vel­op­ment has been sub­mit­ted to Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil, but any men­tion of the most con­tro­ver­sial as­pect – the height – has not been ad­dressed and an en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment de­ter- mined the risk of im­pact on Mon Re­pos’ tur­tle pop­u­la­tion would be low.

On March 6 the coun­cil re­ceived a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for a nine­storey high-rise, com­pris­ing of 62 units, 10 town­houses and space for five food and drink out­lets.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was lodged by devel­op­ers Es­planade Jewel Pty Ltd by Hav­ill Group and sought ap­proval to build the high-rise on the cor­ner block of the Es­planade, Burkitt and See Sts.

On March 26, coun­cil re­quested more de­tails in the form of a 12-page in­for­ma­tion re­quest, ask­ing the devel­op­ers to ad­dress a num­ber of

points, in­clud­ing the “build­ing form, build­ing height and over­all site de­vel­op­ment”, specif­i­cally the nine storeys against the high den­sity residential zone code which stip­u­lates a “build­ing height of three storeys and 11m, with an in­crease to 5 storeys and 20m for ex­em­plary de­vel­op­ment”.

The in­for­ma­tion re­quest stated that the de­vel­oper could pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to jus­tify the pro­posal, de­spite it con­flict­ing with the bench­mark, or re­duce the height, re­duce the residential den­sity and im­prove the built form.

Residential den­sity has been ad­dressed by a num­ber of changes to the build­ing lay­out, in­clud­ing re­duc­ing the to­tal num­ber of dwellings to 65 by re­mov­ing four, three-bed­room apart­ments over lev­els 4-7, adding four one bed­room apart­ments and re­mov­ing a com­mer­cial ten­ancy on the ground floor.

Built form im­prove­ments in­clude the low­er­ing of the ground floor com­mer­cial spaces, to al­low di­rect ac­cess from Burkitt St and the Es­planade, with­out the need for stair­cases or ramps.

Among the other as­pects the coun­cil sought fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about was the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment’s close prox­im­ity to Mon Re­pos.

An en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment, part of the in­for­ma­tion re­quest re­sponse, states im­pact on the three tur­tle species that nest at Mon Re­pos, log­ger­head, flat­back, and green tur­tles, is con­sid­ered low and a light­ing plan to re­duce spillage would form part of the de­vel­op­ment. “Tur­tles are likely to move through the ocean off­shore of the de­vel­op­ment area when trav­el­ling up and down the coast to nest at Mon Re­pos. The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment is not ex­pected to re­sult in im­pacts on the nearby beach or off­shore ar­eas in ad­di­tion to those that are al­ready present,” the re­port states.

“How­ever, to en­sure no im­pacts re­sult from the de­vel­op­ment, a fauna friendly light­ing plan will be de­vel­oped and im­ple­mented for the project.”

There are no de­tails of the plan but says “as part of the op­er­a­tional works phase, a light­ing plan will be pre­pared in­clud­ing meth­ods to re­duce light spillage and specifics sur­round­ing light types and emit­tance”.

The devel­op­ers had no obli­ga­tion to an­swer all or any of the ques­tions sub­mit­ted after the project plan was lodged and the project’s fate now rests with the coun­cil.

...A FAUNA FRIENDLY LIGHT­ING PLAN WILL BE DE­VEL­OPED AND IM­PLE­MENTED FOR THE PROJECT.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

JEWEL BAR­GARA: New artist im­pres­sions of a pro­posed high rise on the Bar­gara es­planade have been re­leased as part of the de­vel­oper's re­sponse to fur­ther in­for­ma­tion re­quested by Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil.

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