A step closer to promised park

Residents including Barry and June Round and Alan Thompson said they bought homes there based on artists’ impressions, visions that have not yet become reality.

They and their neighbours have been complaining for years about the estate’s promised Emerald Park, for which one developer has not provided land (part of Lot 5, Fairlie Road).

Developers must give up portions of land for public open space, for which they are compensated, but are under no time limit to do so.

Public meetings, news reports, hundreds of petition signatures and a City investigation into possible compulsory land acquisition have ended in the Lot 5 owner’s son, Nathan Soh, telling the Comment News he would change his plans and subdivide this year.

The City last Tuesday approved a change to town plans submitted for the area’s outline development plan, which will slightly increase residential density of Mr Soh’s Lot 5 and decrease density for a small part of the neighbouring Lot 9004 Clontarf Terrace.

Council staff noted the change on Lot 5 would increase passive surveillance over the future park, and ensure one consistent residential code across Lot 9004.

It will also allow independent subdivision on each lot without them needing the land-swap deal owners had tried and failed to negotiate.

The staff noted the application included indicative subdivision concept plans for the lots, as supporting documentation.