OBJECTORS had two significant victories this week, with Gympie councillors backing their concerns on two unit proposals in Gympie and Cooloola Cove.
Council’s Planning and Development Committee meeting recommended rejection of a plan for 12 dwelling units on land between Alma Street and Caledonian Hill, overruling a staff recommendation that the proposal be approved subject to conditions including that the number of units be reduced to eight, with 12 on-site parking spaces.
Cr Graham Engeman successfully moved the rejection motion, which was seconded by Cr Rae Gate.
“I believe there are other sites to do such a development,” he said, adding that the proposal was not consistent with the area’s zoning or the expectations of residents. “We are re-assessing the town plan and the issue can be revisited (then),” he said.
Councillors also recommended rejection of a plan for eight units in Nautilus Drive, Cooloola Cove, despite planning arguments both for and against it.
Planning director Michael Hartley said the proposal did not fit the current planning scheme and any approval would need to be based on “sufficient planning grounds,” including any changes in circumstances since the plan was developed in 2004.
“There are no areas at Cooloola Cove designated for units, but this does not mean it can’t be approved.”
Cr Donna Neilson said the new shopping centre and approved tavern indicated times had changed and the development involved only eight one-person units on a 2000sq m site.
The recommendations go before council’s general meeting on Wednesday.