DOUGLAS Shire Council has welcomed a judgement upholding its decision to refuse the development application for a resort complex.
In September 2021, council rejected a $300-million resort proposal by Chiodo Corporation Operations Pty Ltd due to the development being inconsistent with development outcomes sought by the planning scheme.
The appeal against council’s decision to refuse the development application was dismissed by the Planning & Environment Court on 14 November.
In a summary of the appeal, it was stated that “the proposed development is not inappropriate because of a modern design, but because that design is wildly discordant with the character of Port Douglas”.
“It has the potential to diminish the experience of those visiting Port Douglas.
“What rings through with great finality is the importance of protecting what is unique and special to Port Douglas’ character.”
Douglas Shire Council Mayor Michael Kerr said he was pleased with the decision.
“This is a landmark case that reinforces the type and form of development that is appropriate,” Mayor Kerr said.
“The refusal of the development application reinforces the importance of the character and sense of place.
“We remain committed to improving and enhancing the shire and have already approved a number of developments that fit within the requirements of Council’s planning scheme.”