hMeander Valley Council beef with developers likely resolved

RMPAT: Meander Valley mayor Craig Perkins said the council had swiftly voted to the tribunal's proposed conditions. Picture: Paul Scambler
RMPAT: Meander Valley mayor Craig Perkins said the council had swiftly voted to the tribunal's proposed conditions. Picture: Paul Scambler

A disputed property development at Deloraine will likely be resolved without the need of an official tribunal hearing.  

The Meander Valley Council was taken to the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal by Rebecca Green in January for refusal to grant a building permit.

The council twice denied a building permit to planning company Rebecca Green & Associates to build at 46A Beefeater Street, Deloraine.

“The overall reason we decided against [the motions] was because of traffic at Beefeater Street and the surrounding area,” Meander Valley mayor Craig Perkins said.

The first application, denied in May 2017, was for backpackers accommodation.

The backpackers accommodation would have catered for 60 tourists, with the aim of housing seasonal farm workers during the summer. 

A second application submitted in January saw Rebecca Green & Associates present a plan to build long-term rental accommodation. 

“It’s not a backpackers, like the first proposal,” Cr Perkins said. 

“It’s for rental accommodation and I don’t think this was widely understood.”

The council began the mediation process with the complainants in February.

Several conditions were suggested to alleviate traffic problems and allow the rental accommodation development to go ahead, pending future council approval. 

We are committed to fixing our portion of the road in the next financial year.

Meander Valley mayor Craig Perkins

The council unanimously approved a motion at its April meeting to construct a “vehicular crossover” to help ease the potential traffic burden.

The applicant will also construct a “new kerb and channel and footpath” across 46a Beefeater Street to meet the conditions, according to council documents.

“We agreed on a position we could take back to the tribunal and that the developer agrees with,” Cr Perkins said.

“We are committed to fixing our portion of the road in the next financial year.”

The tribunal said it was waiting for confirmation that both parties had settled the matter without a hearing. 

The owner of the property is director of Tasmanian Raspberries Andrew Terry, according to Cr Perkins. 

Mr Terry declined to comment on the matter.