Zoning bid concern

The No. 40 amendment is to rezone one site of unused land from Residential to Highway Commercial to enable the Como Hotel to expand its car park.

Como resident and spokesman for the group Barry France said the purpose of the meeting had been to inform the community of the rezoning and what implications it could have.

‘If it is rezoned it will open up the door for a huge liquor store to be built,’ he said.

‘This will have further implications, such as an increase in traffic.’

Mr France said the group had sent information to the City with a request for an extension of the public comment period by at least two weeks.

Deputy Mayor Kevin Trent said the City had received the letter three weeks after the closing date.

‘The City has advised this group that, because the submission period had closed some weeks earlier, it was not possible to extend it,’ he said.

Cr Trent said there was obviously ‘some confusion’ in the community as to the purpose of the proposed amendment.

‘The amendment will not result in the demolition of the Como Hotel, or conversion of the hotel into a liquor store.’ he said.

‘The hotel owners have stated they wish to construct a new liquor store to replace the existing liquor store; however this is not being considered as part of the current scheme amendment.

‘Any future development application for replacement of the existing liquor store would be subject to the normal neighbour consultation process, so neighbours in the near vicinity would have the opportunity to view the actual proposal and to comment on it at that later time.’