Thanks to The Echo for reporting on page 2 last week, the vote 5/3 of Council to approve modification of a motel approval in Lawson Street.
The original approval allowed the building to exceed the area’s height limit, but it can now go even higher.
Councillors also approved longer operating hours and more patrons than recommended by Council staff, and they waived the restaurant’s development contribution to street parking.
Council’s decision not only enables over-development on this property but also invites others to follow suit.
The subheading within The Echo’s article is a bit misleading. Sarah Ndiaye is one of eight councillors and the only Green. She spoke against, and voted against, the motion which was brought on by the two Labor councillors. The heading ‘Led by Labor, Greens’ is incorrect.
If elected to the next Council, I’ll vote for sticking to planning rules and for keeping our Shire free of high-rise. By setting and sticking to clear boundaries, Council will avoid the court challenges that the councillors fear. That fear forces them to yield to all requests, so the requests just get bigger.