Controversial Southside subdivision given extension to 2019
THE developer who lodged a controversial application to subdivide a Southside block has been given a further three years to begin works on the site, despite community "angst" over the project.
A previous council approved the application to split the property at 17 Smerdon Rd into 24 additional lots in May, 2011.
The development approval was due to expire in August 2015, but developer Ian Lobegeier lodged an application to extend the permit period by four years from that date.
Southside residents have aired concerns the lot sizes for the property are too small and would increase population density and strain local roads.
Councillors voted unanimously last month to leave the matter on the table pending negotiations with the developer to cut one of the lots to increase others.
Mr Lobegeier agreed to that condition in writing, but four of the lots are still about 50sq m below the planning scheme's minimum size of 500sq m.
Councillor Bob Leitch said Mr Lobegeier may decide to make the blocks even bigger.
"He's even revising where he's going with the block as well," Cr Leitch said.
Councillors voted unanimously to extend the approval until August, 2019.