A WOODHILL resident has warned of a logistical congestion nightmare if a development application for a service station on the Mount Lindesay Highway is approved.
Logan Country Safe City group member Monica Hambleton said the proposed development for a service station truck stop and two restaurants, located next to Woodhill State School, would cause more chaos during school pick up and drop off times.
“It is important to understand what sort of impact this would have on the highway,” she said.
“I would be interested to see what measures would be in place to deal with the logistical nightmare which will be (Woodhill State School) at 3pm.
“This quiet school will turn into something else. It won’t be a quiet little school anymore.”
The application lodged by Glenlogan Park Pty Ltd for Lot 1, Mount Lindesay Highway, Woodhill is open for public comment until February 15.
Adjoining property owner Jocelyyne Berry submitted an objection letter to the proposed project outlining concerns with respect to noise, the environment, the school, highway and setting a precedent for further development in the rural area.
Ms Berry said the Woodhill section of Mount Lindesay Highway was already at maximum capacity.
“...Placing additional strain on an already unsafe stretch of road between the Woodhill Hall and Woodhill State School only serves to create additional dangers,” she said.
“The additional southbound traffic slowing to enter the site will create traffic build up before a blind bend.
“In addition, northbound traffic turning across the highway to enter the site will create additional traffic hazards, particularly at peak times between 3pm and 6pm.”
Ms Berry said the site was close to water courses feeding into Teviot Brook and Logan River.
“A site of this nature would require significant measures to ensure that no damage was caused to the natural environment,” she said.
A planning report prepared by TJ Kellys Surveys Ltd stated the development would have a negligible impact on water and soil resources.
Principal planner of the development Mark Toombs said there would be a review process after public comment to address specific concerns with the project.
“The plan is to go through the public submissions...our process will be to go through each public submission and address each concern and matter raised,” he said.
“Depending on the matters raised by the community we would go back to various consultants and experts to look at concerns. There will be a process of review and further assessment.”
A Logan City Council spokesperson said the application would be assessed on merit under the relevant planning guidelines for the area.
“As it is an impact assessable application, there is an opportunity for public comment before a decision is made by Council.”
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