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Concern parking area's an eyesore

GRAFTON doesn't need another white elephant and one resident fears a proposed vehicle park at Villiers St could be exactly that.

Speaking at last week's environment, economic and community committee meeting, Megan Schubert addressed councillors to oppose the construction of a building that would park up to 28 vehicles, including cars, boats, motorhomes and caravans, in 9m by 4m bays.

The building has proposed heights ranging from 5m to 7.4m.

Clarence Valley Council received four submissions to the development application, three objecting and one raising concerns.

Ms Schubert said initially the facility was described as a "bulk storage facility" before being called a "storage facility" then finally "a car park.

"I'm confused, which is it?" she asked, adding that the building size also seemed to have changed from 1344sq m to 1400sq m.

In the officer's report it says the development is not in conflict with the land zoning, which is rural.

"The land is not considered suitable for extensive agricultural uses," the report says.

"No residential use is proposed."

However, the proposal is a prohibited use under the new Clarence Valley LEP 2011.

Because it was lodged prior to the new plan commencing, it is only assessed under the former Grafton LEP.

Ms Schubert questioned the potential future uses of the building, saying she feared it would turn into a white elephant, like other disused buildings in the town.

"This would be a huge public eyesore only of benefit to the privileged few," she said.

However the officer's report says future uses of development is not a valid objection and does not have to be considered.

Councillors at the meeting were unable to approve or refuse the application, asking firstly some follow up questions.

More information will be provided at next week's ordinary meeting.

 

The vote:

 Council has asked for further information

 It will make a decision at the ordinary meeting on June 26

Topics:  construction council parking



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