Rethink for Attunga Heights plan
A CONTROVERSIAL development proposal for units and houses on sensitive land at Attunga Heights on Noosa Hill in Noosa Heads has been withdrawn.
The withdrawal occurred during the most recent round of council meetings. It was initially deferred at the environment and planning committee meeting.
Staff had recommended the application be refused on 11 grounds, including environmental, locality code, biodiversity and landslip issues.
The application sought approval for two detached houses and 12 units and the reconfiguration of a single lot into four lots.
"The applicant for 27Attunga Heights has stopped the decision period for 130 days to allow representations to be made about the development application as provided for under the Planning Act 2016,” a council spokesman said.
"Under the Planning Act 2016, the applicant may stop the application process at any time (except during the public notification process) and as many times as required for a cumulative period of up to 130 days.
"The intent of this provision in the act is to allow time for the applicant to provide additional information and/or amend their proposal plans.
"This means that council cannot decide the application at this round of council meetings while the decision period is stopped.”
The spokesman said during this time it was anticipated the applicant would seek a meeting with council officers to discuss their concerns with the proposed development.
"The matter will then be reported to a future council meeting for consideration,” he said.
A spokeswoman for environmental protection group The Friends of Noosa Hill said it was within the applicant's rights to call a halt to proceedings but said it was "uncommon” to ask for 130 days.
"Council cannot meet or comment until December. Perhaps the developer is getting cold feet,” she said.