A FIVE-STOREY building at 37-38 Tasman Terrace was given development approval by the Port Lincoln Development Assessment Panel on Monday night.
The panel approved Lowe and Redding Design’s proposal to demolish the existing building and construct a five-storey mixed use building.
Plans for the building consist of three retail spaces at ground level and eight upper level apartments with car parking at the rear.
Port Lincoln City Council executive director of development and environment Rosa Gagetti said the panel wrote to adjacent owners and occupiers to notify them of the proposed development.
“The Development Assessment Panel considered the report and granted development plan consent as it wasn’t seriously at variance with the policies in the development plan,” she said.
She said the panel was careful in its decision and the height of the development was of some concern but the application “was in balance”.
Planning consultant Ben Green said in his report to the panel that the building was consistent with future development potential despite exceeding the general height limit for its zone.
“The proposal is consistent with the progressive development intent of the zone and policy area, which encourages redevelopment on the foreshore of Boston Bay to take advantage of the natural vistas, increase the local population and create a vibrant economically strong regional centre,” he said.
Concerned resident Andrew Chappell was at the meeting and said the town planning system had failed the Port Lincoln community.
“It is evident that somewhere along the line council’s intentions have been hijacked and the developers will have a free hand to choose whatever building height they feel like through policy area six, along Tasman Terrace,” he said.
He said the decision meant the community could no longer expect building height limits to be enforced.