Decision time for Moyne over holiday units

MOYNE Shire Council will vote on the next phase of a battle to build a string of units along the coast in Port Fairy. 

Plans for seven new single-storey holiday units have been lodged by the owners of Time and Tide cafe to be built alongside the popular coffee spot overlooking the ocean. 

But next month Moyne Shire and the applicants will step into the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) because the council has not reached a decision in the planning time. Councillors voted to hold off on a decision in June last year to get more advice. 

However, the council will have to reach a decision on the view it will take to the upcoming VCAT hearing.

Moyne Shire officers have recommended that the council approve the building plans  but councillors could decide to oppose the plan or go on without an opinion. 

Seven neighbours have objected over  concerns about the size of the development and the visual impact.

There is also concern over the upkeep of the road  in the area known as Thistle Place. The units, planned to be four metres high, would be built in the dunes overlooking the scenic coast. 

Councillors are expected to debate the issue when they meet in Mortlake tomorrow night. 

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