Carabooda restaurant plan rejected by City of Wanneroo again

Carabooda restaurant plan rejected by City of Wanneroo again

PLANS for a restaurant in Carabooda have been knocked back by City of Wanneroo councillors for the second time.

The application for development at a lavender farm on Old Yanchep Road was presented to the council on Tuesday night, where councillors unanimously supported the City’s recommendation for refusal.

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The owners had mediated with the City after their proposal was first rejected last December and made amendments to include landscaping and signage aimed at preventing noise, odour and spray drift from surrounding properties .

However, the City deemed these not to adequately address the reasons for refusal.

Cr Dianne Guise said it was important to maintain and protect intensive agriculture land uses in the area, which is within the rural resource zone. She told the chamber she did not want to talk down a business opportunity but the intensive agriculture in the area was of greater importance.

“It would be far better while encouraging the operator to continue the lavender farm, we look at planning (and) zoning,” she said.

As part of the December decision, the City is drafting a local planning policy to guide future applications for sensitive land uses in rural areas, which Cr Guise was eager to see developed.