Earlier today (26th of July) Gladstone Regional Council held a Planning and Development Committee meeting and discussed applications lodged for the site on the corner of Dixon Drive and Kirkwood Road.
Development applications were lodged for a Coles supermarket, liquor store, service station, specialty shops and a food and drink outlet and was refused by Council. Mayor Matt Burnett said the decision was difficult because Council, although encouraging of investment in the region, must ensure that development took place in appropriate areas.
The Mayor said “Council encourages investment in the Gladstone Region but is also tasked with protecting existing commercial centres and ensuring that development takes place in appropriate areas at the right time.”
“In this case, the zoning, commercial centre hierarchy, road hierarchy and traffic conflicts with Council’s Planning Scheme were enough to convince Council that the proposed site was not the right one for this development.”
Planning and Development Committee Chair Cr Glenn Churchill said reports prepared by Council’s Development Services Division identified the adverse impacts the development would have on the viability of existing commercial centres.
Councillor Glenn Churchill said “Approval of the applications would have meant overriding the Planning Scheme under which the site is categorised as being within a low density residential zone.”