5-storey height a ‘broken promise’

THE Port Lincoln Development Assessment Panel’s decision to approve a five-storey building on Tasman Terrace has disappointed some of the councillors who helped develop the city’s building height plan.

At the last council meeting, deputy mayor Neville Starke said he was “disgusted” with the decision to approve the development as it contravened the council’s building height plan.

“After employing consultants to come up with some ideas, we had numerous workshops, consulted with the community, amended some of the contentious issues and duly adopted the city centre building height plan,” Mr Starke said.

Mr Starke said he thought the city's building height plan was well considered and a promise to the community about how the city would look in the future.

He said at the time of developing the plan there were residents who were protective of their views or opposed change.

"Some of us as councillors received personal criticism for wanting to modernise the future face of our foreshore precinct.”

Mr Starke said the plan intended to “bookend” the foreshore with the Lincoln Hotel at one end and the silos or another tall building at the other with gradually lower buildings being allowed until a three story maximum was reached in the middle.

“Our three-storey skyline has a five-storey blip.

“It is a waste of time and money to go through all the planning, workshops, consultation and decision making if council decisions are ignored,” Mr Starke said.

Mr Starke said he wanted the community to know that while the Development Assessment Panel was council elected it was independent of the council and its decisions were a separate matter.

“I would like the DAP, in future to abide by the building height plan,” he said. 

Councillor and panel member Jim Papazoglov said he thought Mr Starke's comments about the panel’s decision were out of order and the panel had made a decision based on all the evidence presented to it. 

Port Lincoln mayor Bruce Green said the concerns raised by Mr Starke were not out of order as the decision made by the panel  “appeared to fly in the face of the building height plan”. 

“For one particular building the plan didn't apply and Mr Starke represented how a large number of the community feel about the decision,” Mr Green said.

The applicant declined to comment.

The proposed foreshore development.

The proposed foreshore development.