The Retirement Village Developers Never Applied for Development Approval
The developer involved in the retirement village proposed for Ferrero Rd previously applied for a development approval when we were with the Cairns Regional Council but it was refused. This refusal was moved by the current mayor of Douglas and a Cairns councillor at the time based on the 2006 Douglas Shire Planning Scheme.
The massive costs involved in a project like this deterred the developer from making a second attempt at gaining approval without a change in the planning scheme. And so the truth is, even with overwhelming support for the project during the public consultation period for the new planning scheme, no adjustments were forthcoming in the new scheme, leading the investor to withdraw the project, sell the property and exit the region completely.
The new owner is keen to progress with this development and as mayor, and with councillors who would hopefully see the benefit in a project like this, I would support the required changes to allow this development to proceed.