People power wins opinion
KIDD Street residents who banded together to protest a concrete batching plant proposed to be sited a stone's throw from residential properties are one step closer to celebrating a momentous victory.
Despite being recommended for approval, the development was deferred at Monday's Central Highlands Regional Council meeting on the grounds further advice was needed.
Councillors said the requested reports would have to be “extremely convincing” if the development was to go ahead. A whopping 135 submissions opposing the development were sent to council.
Now, a final decision hinges on reports for the three major issues of flood impact, acoustics and a water and environmental report.
The application was open to public comment for a period of 15 days, during which residents from Hogans Rd, Kidd St, Baker St, Aid St, Pryor Pl and Boland Pl mobilised to produce a startling number of submissions.
Submitter issues included the appropriateness of zoning, noise, hours of operation, dust, flood impacts, water quality and contamination, public health and the effects on residential property values.
Town planning group Murray and Associates, who is handling the application, refuted residents' claims that the proposed concrete batch plant would result in land-use conflicts, given its proximity to existing residential development, in a response to the submissions.
But it was the proposed flood mitigation that appeared to be the crux of councillors' concerns.
“I'm seriously thinking of rejecting it right here,” Cr David Brimblecombe said.