Gympie Regional Council Planning Committee chairman Ian Petersen (left) with developers Margaret and John Cochrane on the site of their Gympie retirement village project.
Gympie Regional Council Planning Committee chairman Ian Petersen (left) with developers Margaret and John Cochrane on the site of their Gympie retirement village project. Craig Warhurst

Green light for retirement plan

A MAJOR 160-unit retirement village proposal between Tozer and Andrew Streets in Gympie seems set for a green light from Gympie Regional Council, after yesterday’s Planning and Development Committee meeting.

The committee resolved to recommend conditional approval for the plan, on the basis of a lengthy staff report on implications of the project, which has been put forward by well-known dairying and real estate couple John and Margaret Cochrane.

The Cochranes’ application also includes a plan to reconfigure a lot “to rationalise existing boundaries and excise an existing commercial precinct from the retirement village development site”.

It includes plans for five apartment blocks, of three storeys each, deemed to be consistent with the council’s multi-residential code.

The project has also received conditional approval from the Department of Transport and Main Roads and the Department of Environment and Resource Management.

Concerns raised in the only public submission on the project are reported to be “able to be addressed” and the staff report said the development was “considered to represent a well-needed accommodation form for Gympie” in an “appropriate” location.

The plan also includes single storey duplexes, with two and three bedroom units ranging from 90sq m to 130sq m.

Acting committee chairman Jan Watt said car parking proposed for the project exceeded council requirements.

Other conditions include requirements the developers pay water supply headworks contributions of $1643 a unit, sewerage contributions of $3117 a unit, road contributions of $708 a unit and precautions related to disposal of waste water and storm water, noise control, screened clothes drying areas, landscaping, disabled access, significant upgrading of existing roads to cope with traffic requirements, street lighting, internal pedestrian networks and stormwater velocity reduction measures.

Developers will also be required to provide an internal road linkage between Andrew and Sorrell Streets. They will also have to provide a mini-bus, with a minimum seating of 30, to transport residents “at no charge to local facilities, twice a week”.

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