Development held back

By KRYSTEN BOOTHbooth@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE City Council has been ordered to pay a company $156,310 compensation for a planning scheme change which happened more than 14 years ago.

The decision was handed down in the Planning and Environment Court last Thursday regarding a piece of land in Shaw Street, Gladstone, opposite the airport.

There are now storage units on the land.

Court documents obtained by The Observer showed the dispute centred around the change of the land zoning from Light Industry to rural-non urban.

Judge Skoien said the planning scheme change on June 15, 1991 only allowed for a dwelling house and effectively prohibited all commercial uses.

On May 19, 1984 the council had given permission for the land to be used for unspecified light industry and for the erection of buildings.

The land's owner, Fast Signs (which no longer owns it), intended to develop a small shopping centre.

Judge Skoien said the scheme change severely restricted any form of development.

'I am satisfied that these strategic plan designations grossly restricted the ability of Fast Signs to obtain the rezoning which would have been necessary in order to carry out the intended development,' Judge Skoien said.

Council would not comment on the matter yesterday.



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