Clarence residents voice their concerns

A GROUP of residents calling themselves Kangaroo Bay Voice has raised concerns about the proposed $50 million waterfront hotel and hospitality training school in Kangaroo Bay.

During a public meeting organised by Greens Member for Franklin Rosalie Woodruff, residents said they were concerned about four key things:

The terms under which the land was made available to the developers.

The scale of costs to be incurred by ratepayers.

The size, scope and scale of the buildings approved for construction.

The level of decision transparency offered by Clarence City Council and the timing of community consultation over Christmas/New Year.

The development was awarded to Chinese company Shandong Chambroad and local developers Hunter Developments.

The hospitality training school building (proposed for 76 and 78 Cambridge Road) will be 82-metres long and 17.6 metres tall on the Kangaroo Bay side, and 13.87-metres high on the Cambridge Road side, tapering down to 10.5-metres at the northern end of the building.

The waterfront hotel (located on the old ferry terminal site) will be three-storeys high at the stern and five-storeys high at the bow and include 85 hotel rooms, 24 serviced apartments, restaurants, bars, function centre and retail space.

Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said the height of the buildings met the criteria of the Clarence Interim Planning Scheme 2015 and would be a similar height to other buildings in Bellerive Village.

“The land made available to the developers is Crown Land on long-term lease to the Bellerive Yacht Club and has been sold as a freehold lot on commercial terms,” he said.

“Total expenditure is $14 million, of which $6.14 million has been contributed by outside parties, the Federal Government and Cricket Tasmania.

“Costs incurred by ratepayers will be offset by the sale of the site.

The development will also provide long-term rates income.”

Mayor Chipman said under the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act, Council was required to observe a strict 42-day statutory timeframe.

“Council cannot delay processing a valid development application which, due to timing, occurred prior to Christmas,” he said.

“As a result, advertising occurred from 17 December 2016 to 12 January 2017.

“Due to the importance of the proposal, and because advertising occurred over the holiday period, Council extended the prescribed statutory advertising period of two-weeks to three-and-a-half weeks.

“Letters were also sent to all neighbouring properties, as well as to properties on Cambridge Road that backed onto Kangaroo Bay from the Waterfront Hotel to the intersection of Cambridge Road and Ormond Street.

“In total, 35 representations were received and considered and the application was approved with Council imposing 38 conditions to ensure compliance with its planning scheme and to minimise any potential adverse impacts.”

Kangaroo Bay Voice spokesman Michael Geard said that by approving the development over a holiday period, Clarence City Council failed to abide by its own Community Participation Policy 2010.

“In the policy the Council commits to clear, honest and timely communication about projects to ensure people are informed of progress and outcomes,” he said.

“That Council did not use this policy during the 15-months it, the State Government and the developers talked, shows a lack of respect to the community.

“We were also led to believe that it would be one building on the dinghy/ferry wharf side, with no images shown to the public of the Cambridge Road building.

“While we are happy with what the council has achieved so far, the foreshore and Crown Land should be for the whole community to use and enjoy, not for private developers to profit from.

“The agreed upon Kangaroo Bay Urban Design Strategy and Concept Plan 2008 is so different from what has been approved that Council should have consulted and explained it.

“The council has also taken on all risk for the site and are paying for it to be made ready for construction.

“We now have a petition calling on the council for community consultation prior to any further development of Kangaroo Bay, including a ferry service to the hotel.

“We have also called on Hunter Developments to reduce the height and provide breaks in the Cambridge Road building.”

Caption: An artist’s impression of the proposed hospitality training school, which will be located on Cambridge Road.