Bid to open restaurant in cyclone-damaged home is in council limbo

THE application denial for a two-storey restaurant on Yeppoon's Queen St was yesterday moved to a workshop, but only by one vote.

Livingstone Shire Council chambers yesterday saw a material change of use development application, which council officers recommended to deny.

The proposal was to convert an existing "house dwelling", which sustained significant cyclone damage, into a 74-seat restaurant and caretaker's residence.

Assistant planner Rhiannon Casey told councillors the proposal would adversely impact on the Main St and foreshore area.

"The proposal is not consistent and not preferred within the residential zone," she said.

"It does not support surrounding businesses. Restaurants and cafes are preferred in the foreshore and CBD area."

The proposal also had a significant "shortfall" in the required onsite car parking.

But Mayor Bill Ludwig (pictured) was concerned the owner might feel "aggrieved" over the knock-back, as the original application was approved in 2011.

The identical proposal was approved under a delegated authority in February 2011 for four years, and had since lapsed.

"I have some challenges with the refusal... I can see where the applicant can feel aggrieved about getting knocked back when it has been approved before," he said.

"If councillors could prefer not to deal with it today we can move that as a resolution."

With a winning majority of votes, the matter was put to a workshop for councillors to address the issue further subject to the approval of the applicant.

Councillors Graham Scott, Nigel Hutton and Jan Kelly voted against the workshop.

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