St Helens draft makes room for industry and homes
THE newly released draft local plan for St Helens includes a growing industrial estate, highlighting a council desire for more residential zones.
Plans show low-density, mixed-density and medium-density residential zones in the southern part of St Helens, near the primary school.
They also show an industrial zone that would stretch for about 2km along both sides of Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd and on Lawson St to the east.
The draft was released for public consultation on Friday, along with plans for Granville and Nikenbah - other areas identified as key growth zones in the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan.
Division 1 councillor James Hansen and small business, manufacturing and service industry portfolio councillor Chris Loft both told the Chronicle they would ideally like to see houses where more industry is proposed.
Cr Hansen said the main impediment in building more homes in northern St Helens was the lack of infrastructure for services.
Cr Loft said Maryborough had enough industrial capacity and he thought it would better to keep most factories near the Bruce Hwy.