Douglas Shire (Australia) councilors will address a council recommendation on waiving the infrastructure charges for an RV Park at Mossman Golf Club, at an open session in the Council Chambers on Tuesday, April 26.
According to the agenda and minutes, the council issued an amended Infrastructure Charges Notice for the Material Change of Use of the Tourist Park over land located at 51 Newell Road Newell.
The Infrastructure Charges can be paid accordingly to a payment plan after two years of operation starting on the date of legal operation of the facility.
Council has received a request to waive infrastructure charges imposed by approval to develop a tourist parkland located at 51 Newell Road. The infrastructure charges imposed with the development approval total $53,166.32, according to the request to waive the charges.
The request also said the Mossman Golf Club had made claims regarding the costs for infrastructure related to the approval for development issued on November 26, 2021. This Tourist Park was planned to supplement the current golf club operations.
The Tourist Park use was on the open space and recreation zone. It was advertised in compliance with the Planning Act, with no submissions received.
When the development approval was issued, charges were calculated according to the Council Infrastructure Charges Resolution (ICR).
“Having regard to the type of Tourist Park being proposed, in this instance one with minimal facilities, and also considering that the Mossman Golf Club is a not for profit organization operating from Council owned land, it is considered a reasonable approach for Council to offer a 50% discount to the charges,” said the request.
The request also said it is reasonable to permit the payment of discounted costs to be delayed to grant the Golf Club a two-year trial period. The proposed deferred payment plan will enable the club to assess the feasibility of the RV hosting program.
Additionally, the recommendation also allows the organization to join an arrangement for the payment of infrastructure charges over a specified period to lessen their impact on the club’s performance.
This article originally appeared on Newsport.