Housing estate push on country club site
By PETER CATON
THE long-awaited $74 million international resort replacing the former Terranora Lakes Country Club is to be put on hold again so the developer can push ahead with an adjacent housing estate.
Tweed Shire Council's administrators are today due to consider an application to alter the almost10-year-old approval for the resort which would have nearly 1000 guest rooms.
Terranora Group Management wants the staging of the development rejigged to free up traffic capacity on Kennedy Drive, allowing approval of a 76-lot housing estate.
Council planning staff have recommended approval, subject to a range of conditions, despite 33 individual letters of objection and 277 signatures on four petitions.
In early 2004 developer Godfrey Mantle announced the plans for the international resort were under review, mainly from neighbouring residents.
Under the current conditions of approval the first three of seven proposed stages can go ahead before the proposed Cobaki Parkway road and Tugun bypass are built.
Under the changes stage three, which includes 100 units, would also be banned from going ahead before the new roads are built.
Only stage one, which involves demolition of the current clubhouse and construction of a 74unit hotel, and stage two, with 38 units, would be allowed to proceed.
Planning chief Noel Hodges has told the council administrators that developments already approved have left future capacity for just 192 extra vehicles per day on Kennedy Drive.
The 76-lot subdivision would create an extra 487 vehicle trips per day, but delaying stage three of the resort would free up capacity for 404 vehicles.
"The traffic and transport engineer has reviewed this proposal and agrees that it will free up sufficient spare capacity on Kennedy Drive to allow the subdivi- sion to proceed," Mr Hodges said.
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