Application for industrial estate

RACECOURSE Road is set to get busier with a light industrial estate development application in the hands of Gladstone Regional Council.

The application went before last Tuesday’s council meeting, however, after much discussion about green space, the agenda item was held over for further consideration.

The application proposes to develop one rural lot of 24.238 hectares into 48 local industry lots. Lot sizes will range from 2313 to 6039 square metres.

Stage one of the development would see the creation of 12 lots fronting Taragoola Road. It is proposed to access the site from Taragoola Road.

Oakey Creek traverses the eastern half of the subject site and Leixlip Creek runs adjacent to Racecourse Road, to the west of the site.

Statutory Planning director Andrew Kearns said there was a minimal supply of light industrial lots in Calliope at the moment.

“The site of 24 hectares isn’t considered viable for rural purposes and it can’t be connected with other rural properties,” he said.

Strategic Planning director Russell Schuler said there would be about seven people per lot working in the estate, if approved.

Council discussed the lack of park contribution proposed in the development application, which resulted in the agenda item being held over.

Council chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski said it would not generate any children in the area, so it would not generate a need for park area within the estate.

Mr Schuler said that unfortunately, current policy stipulated the requirements for park contribution.

One suggestion made was to allow the creek easements be viewed as part of the park contribution.

The development application consists of two components including a material change of use and a development permit.

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