Developer’s bid to subdivide vital Cooroy habitat
A couple wanting to build a house on a large block of remnant bushland is proposing to subdivide the land in a bid to preserve more than 60 per cent for permanent conservation.
Trevor and Rosemary McCracken have applied to Noosa Council to split their 37,584 sqm block in Curry Crt which dissects the council's biodiversity and riparian buffer area.
However the couple's planning report said the environmental protection covenant would protect the "ecologically significant vegetation from clearing or disturbance".
It also maintained the house site would be built with a suitable effluent disposal area and include the required bushfire hazard reductions.
"The prescribed bushfire mitigation measures do not adversely impact on the biodiversity values of the site," the planning report said.
A covenant would protect about 17,000 sqm or 63 per cent of the allotment area and encompass all of the new spare block which comprises more than 10,840 sqm.
"The proposed lot reconfiguration establishes an efficient development outcome whilst ensuring that the existing rural character of the area is preserved and enhanced," the report said.
"Environmental protection covenant prevents the possibility of further land fragmentation and allows the unique vegetation community to be captured in one allotment.
"The surrounding land use context is predominantly rural low density residential in nature."
Street frontages of the proposed lots are about 76m and 94m.
The council's planning staff are assessing the application before the council makes a final decision in the new year.