This photo shows congestion at school drop-off time at Alma Street. Residents say more development will endanger the lives of children.
This photo shows congestion at school drop-off time at Alma Street. Residents say more development will endanger the lives of children.

Council to decide on unit proposal

ALMA Street businesses and residents against a new development proposal for units along the street have collected more than 100 signatures on two new petitions.

Resident and proposal opponent Andrew McLaughlin said a new submission outlining reasons council should not approve the development was handed to council last month.

The updated report lists in detail what concerned residents call inconsistencies with council’s planning regulations.

He said the Alma Street Pre Prep had instigated a petition and had more than 90 signatures and the residents of Alma Street had started another with 48 signatures.

The residents and property owners’ petition called for the refusal of the high density multi-residential development.

It outlined reasons for the refusal including affecting the heritage character of the street, failure to deliver key planning code outcomes and increased traffic in the child sensitive area.

“High density development on a single house lot brings significantly increased traffic loading in an already traffic congested and child sensitive area where traffic flow is unavoidably constrained by narrow road width, steepness and poor visibility when exiting onto Mellor Street,” the petition states.

The Alma Street Pre Prep, which has 88 students enrolled this year, started their petition on the grounds that it would be “irresponsible for Gympie Regional Council to approve a multi-residential development,” as it would, “unavoidably increase traffic loading” in a “high use set-down and pick-up zone for young children”.

Aspire Housing Group’s revised application for the 10 units will again appear before council with the item on today’s Planing and Development Committee agenda.

Mr McLaughlin said he hoped the new petitions, legal advice and information submitted to council would help councillors take note of the community’s concerns and ultimately knock back the application for a second time.

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