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Smiths Beach delayed again

02 November 2005

The Busselton~Dunsborough Mail

Consideration of the controversial Smiths Beach development has again been delayed.

The draft development guide plan for the Smiths Beach project will not be presented to council on November 9 as originally planned. Instead, council will vote on accepting the proponent's proposal to defer consideration of the plan.

As part of the shire staff's assessment of the guide plan, which was to be presented to council at its next meeting before being released for public comment, the plan was referred to external consultants and government agencies to ensure it complied with the planning framework.

Shire director of lifestyle development Nigel Bancroft said that following a preliminary assessment of the plan a summary of the main issues, including the proposal's design, was given to the applicant's consultants who then requested a deferral.

Canal rocks Pty Ltd spokesperson Alan Tranter said the proponents of the development planned for Smiths Beach had agreed to defer the advertising of the development guide plan so that a number of minor points could be clarified.

Mr tranter said the objective was still to advertise the plan as soon as possible.

"We have always believed that the sooner the project is in the public arena the better because that's the one certain way to eliminate misunderstanding and ensure comprehensive knowledge of the plans," he said.

"We are happy with the small number of points that need clarification."

Mr Tranter said the items that required clarification referred to the proposed community facilities, the tourism components and some minor planning points.

It is now expected to be about three months before the plan is finalised and presented to council.

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