Council to accept developer’s RFS offer
A LENNOX Head developer who has offered land for the village's new Rural Fire Service building will be asked to allow a longer timeframe for council to lodge a development application for the land.
The RFS has been seeking a new home for years.
It is currently in a temporary shed in Mackney Lane, and there is approval for the shed to remain there for 10 years if needed.
But Lennox Developments Pty Ltd offered to sell a parcel of land on The Coast Road to the council for $1 for the new RFS station.
The council would be responsible for construction of the access, site filling and the provision of services such as water, sewer and electricity.
This would cost about $350,000, according to council staff.
Lennox Developments also wants the council to lodge a development application for the RFS shed within five years.
Council staff have expressed concern about the timeframe, but yesterday councillors voted to accept the offer subject to Lennox Developments agreeing to vary the timeframe and subject to a further report being presented to the council on the issue.
Mayor David Wright said the offer was "too good an opportunity to knock back completely".
Cr Paul Worth said he had some concerns about the situation, because Lennox Developments also has a separate residential development proposal which is currently being assessed by council staff.
"If the developers want to donate this land, then that's good. But they want approval for their subdivision and this (the $1 offer) is the sweetener," he said.