The first step for a multimillion dollar, 140 unit retirement village on Tasmania's East Coast has progressed, with a planning scheme amendment initiated and part of the development's first stage approved.
The Glamorgan Spring Bay Council initiated a planning scheme amendment and approved part of the Tempus retirement village's first stage proposal for land on Kelvedon Estate at 12371 Tasman Highway, Swansea.
The 15.5 hectare lot is zoned as significant agriculture, but the council will initiate a planning scheme amendment to rezone it to a particular purpose zone.
The council also approved stage 1A of the project, including highway access, construction of part of the community centre building for administration facilities, a display independent living unit, workshop buildings for arts and crafts, and other infrastructure.
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Alongside a subdivision to create the two lots for the proposed Tempus development, with the remaining 664.5 hectares staying as part of the 5500-hectare farm.
It is the first stage of the proposed retirement village which will feature a future 15.5 hectare retirement village complex of 140 independent living units, of two and three bedroom variations.
Tempus principal architect John Lewis said it would be independent, rural living, with a difference to "redefine retirement".
"Tempus will allow residents to retire into an elegant, fun, rural lifestyle," he said.
"They will be able to take their pets and be in a well-supported but low-density environment in an amazing world-class location, close to the township of Swansea, and only 90 minutes to Hobart and Launceston."
It will also include 12 staff accommodation units, bowls facilities, equestrian facilities, walking tracks, and a community centre featuring a cafe, bar, gym, theatre, conservatory, auditorium, medical rooms, library, billiard room, spa and pool.
In addition to a future nursing home, featuring 44 beds and 30 assisted living units, on a 2.4 hectare block.
Councillor Annie Browning said she supported the amendment as she was hopeful it would create jobs and ensure more money was spent in nearby towns to boost the local economy.
The proposed planning scheme amendment will be available for public submissions, with the other stages of the development to be subject to future DAs.
The venture is backed by Australian development and management company Tempus Village Managements, with the support of the estate owners' the Cotton family.
Property owner Jack Cotton said they had already conducted four community consultation days in the local and wider community to overwhelming support.
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