STAGE three of the Lincoln Cove Marina expansion will be another step closer if a development plan amendment (DPA), to rezone 25 hectares of land along Marina Drive and Stamford Terrace from recreational to residential use gets approval.
The proposed rezoning would allow the land to be developed either as part of the marina or as a discrete residential development, not necessarily with water frontage, by the land owner Lincoln Lakes Development Co.
The land to which the proposed rezoning applies makes up part of stage three of the marina expansion.
Sarin Group board member Glenn Karutz said the company was feeling positive about getting the DPA to this point.
He said the DPA for stage three of the expansion was put on hold while stage one, Parnkalla Waters, was developed.
Mr Karutz said he did not envisage there being any issues with the DPA considering the amount of work that had gone into the environmental audit.
“The environmental testing we did has concluded that the land is suitable for residential development,” he said.
“It did however highlight that potable water is not to be drawn from the ground water.”
Mr Karutz said the proposal sought for the land that was zoned for recreational use, originally planned to be a golf course, to be rezoned for residential use.
He said he thought the community would be happier with residential development rather than the establishment of another golf course.
After public consultation on the DPA concludes, public comment on the proposal needs to be considered, which Mr Karutz said he anticipated would take until at least the end of this year.
He said stages two and three of the marina expansion could be five years away as development approvals and the process to regain council approval to cut Marina Drive still needed to be undertaken.
“I think what we’ve proposed is quite straight forward and what has been put to the public is quite clean cut,” he said.
“I would hope because of the testing that any fears the community might have had about the area would be resolved.”
Submissions on the Lincoln Cove Expansion DPA, which can be found on the Port Lincoln City Council website, will be accepted until 5pm on August 10.