Town plan blocks Yeppoon growth

NED Turner is fed up with Livingstone Shire's town plan.

The 69-year-old developer, who primarily works through the Yeppoon Developments company, said the council was holding up positive development through an unclear, complicated Integrated Planning Act.

"They (council) really have an inability to deal with it,'' he said.

"The whole shire is basically on a meltdown.''

One problem he has with the town plan is the council's demand for approval for things such as the colour of paint of a house.

Mr Turner made two reconfiguration applications to the council for two properties he owns around Yeppoon.

He said he still has not had a response from council and the planning Act is simply illegible.

"No building draftsman, or architect has yet been able to tell me what I am allowed to build on our land,'' he said.

"They say it used to take weeks or months, now it will take years.''

But Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig said the new town plan was still in its infancy and many of these issues would eventually be ironed out.

He said the council must comply with state-set regulations. "We are currently working through a process to make the new town plan user friendly,'' he said.

Northwind Real Estate agent Barry Vale, said Livingstone Shire had been discussing the town plan for too long and it had virtually brought development to a standstill.

"Council reacts rather than leads,'' he said.

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