Plan for 30-unit holiday, commercial project at Toogoom
THE times they are a-changin' for Toogoom with the nod given for a 30-unit holiday development and commercial complex at the site of an abandoned caravan park.
The Jeppesen Rd caravan park was last used in 2008, according to planning documents lodged with the Fraser Coast Regional Council.
Those documents show the development's accommodation component would cater for short-term stays.
It will be a gated community of 30 units spread at two to each single storey building.
Out front would be the commercial set up with 36 car spaces.
The approval allows for shops, medical centre and restaurants.
"We've only just got the DA through and it's fairly heavily conditioned," one of the developers, Neville Parton, told the Chronicle.
"There's a couple of conditions in there we want to go and talk to them about...and then it's a matter of us putting our operation works in, but I would say hopefully we can get construction started within six to 12 months."
He said the commercial building would most likely house a restaurant, offices and hopefully a medical centre and bottle shop.
Division 5 councillor Rolf Light said it had not been a straightforward decision for the council because it had to think about drainage problems in the area.
He said he had been assured the development would not add to those problems.
"We're going to be very mindful of the drainage strategy they need to do and very mindful of the style of any other approvals...," Cr Light said.
"I made it very clear that we had to be very pedantic on the final engineering of the drainage for that development and pedantic for the developer to meet all the conditions."