A proposal to build 170 Townhouses at 82 Plucks Road in Arana Hills has been rejected by Moreton Bay Regional Council.
Division 10 Councillor Matt Constance thanked locals for their thorough and considered feedback, which informed the Council’s decision.
“The quality of submissions from residents was excellent – locals didn’t just vent their feelings, they outlined specific issues which Council officers used to inform their assessment,” he said.
“It was right for us to refuse this development and Council officers have provided a comprehensive list of reasons for the refusal.”
Key concerns regarding the development related to traffic impact, bushfire management and land use issues. The proponent’s supporting reports were considered deficient by Council and did not properly address concerns about the development’s impact on local infrastructure and amenity.
Council had asked the proponent to change the design of their proposal to address community concerns brought up in the submissions. Some of these concerns included; aligning the development with an adjoining project and removing access onto Leatherwood Drive.
Council was also advised by the proponent that they couldn’t make those requested changes and asked the Council to consider the layout as originally lodged – on that basis Council officers formed the view that it was not appropriate for approval.
The proponent also caused confusion in the community by advertising two different layouts for the project, which was further compounded by misreported newspaper articles that confused this proposal with a neighbouring Mirvac project.
Councillor Constance would like to thank residents for working through this confusion, with 155 submissions properly made during the consultation period.