Traveston plan rejected yet again

A CONTENTIOUS Traveston subdivision proposal – approved, rejected after a neighbourhood outcry, re-submitted by new owners and rejected again – has returned in a new proposal and has now been recommended for rejection a third time.

Like the previous proposals, the issue centres on land already subdivided but into lots which are now regarded as flood prone, leaving them with what a council report describes as “limited development potential.”

The proposal aims effectively “to transfer the titles of three flood-prone lots and two urban-sized, small rural allotments, to a nearby site in order to achieve increased flood immunity and therefore increased development entitlements,” according to a report received at this week’s Gympie Regional Council Planning and Development Committee.

The committee accepted staff advice recommending that the proposal be refused.

The staff report said the proposal, at Howe and Traveston Roads, conflicts with the old Cooloola Shire Council Planning Scheme, is below the minimum lot size for its Rural zoning and, because the lot sizes are seen as too small for their intended rural and agricultural uses, also conflicts with State Planning Policy on the preservation of good agricultural land.

The original plan led to an outcry from nearby residents.

Gympie Times

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