Benaraby residential development plan gets past first step

GLADSTONE Regional Council has approved the first step in a new 151 lot rural residential development at Benaraby.

The council's approval on Tuesday of the development of one allotment into five management lots on a 160 hectare site located at 455 Awoonga Dam Road, Benaraby, adjacent to the Boyne River, also included its preliminary approval for a staged rural residential subdivision developing the five allotments into 151.

The proposed lots would range in size from 4000m2 to 11,000m2.

Regional Strategy portfolio spokesperson councillor Matt Burnett said the council held a number of concerns regarding site constraints and potential flooding impacts but had addressed these as part of the approval conditions.

"Issuing a preliminary approval provides the applicant with the opportunity to redesign and reduce the proposed subdivision to address Council's requirements," Cr Burnett said.

He said a rural residential subdivision of this size required emergency access to be included to ensure those residing in the potential at-risk Q100 flooding area would have appropriate evacuation options available.

"Council has also commissioned several background studies into the preparation of the new planning scheme which identified that growth in Benaraby should be to the north of the development site," he said.

"In response to our concerns, the applicant conducted an Economic Needs Assessment which indicated the need for more rural residential land in the Benaraby locality."

Cr Burnett said the Department of Transport and Main Roads also conditioned the applicant to upgrade several intersections in the vicinity of the development including the Bruce Highway and Awoonga Dam Road.

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