By ERWIN CHLANDA
Plans to build about 235 new “residential apartments across five new residential buildings” varying from four to five storeys with basement parking and a new child care are being considered by the Development Consent Authority (DCA).
Some of the planned buildings exceed current height limits.
The project will cover most of the eight hectare casino and convention centre site in Alice Springs, with some buildings close to neighbouring properties (photo at top).
Town Councillor and real estate agent Eli Melky, speaking on his own behalf and not for the town council, says the additional rental space is needed by the town and so is commercial development in general.
DCA’s next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 8. The local members are Deepika Mathur, Christopher Neck, Allison Bitar and Matt Paterson. Steve Brown is the alternate member for Allison Bitar and Matt Paterson. The chairwoman is Suzanne Philip.
According to the application, on behalf of Iris Capital Group Pty Ltd, the new owners of the complex, the project will also include “redevelopment and extensions to the existing casino, bars, entertainment venues and restaurants, the part removal and addition of hotel rooms (a net increase), a new hotel lobby, gymnasium, day spa and creche.
“Whilst all land uses are consistent and anticipated with the Zone TC (Tourist Commercial) the height of the proposed new residential buildings extends beyond the height limit specified” and this has triggered the application, it states.
UPDATE December 20:
Town Council CEO Robert Jennings, when asked to comment about the project, provided this statement:
Relevant aspects of the proposed Lasseters Hotel Expansion, pertaining to Alice Springs Town Council’sSubdivision & Development Guidelines, have been assessed in accordance with the requirements of the Development Consent Authority.
Those aspects of the Exceptional Development Permit application have received conditional approval from Council, with consideration to be given to cross-overs, storm water run-off, parking, and waste management.
On November 28 a communique was sent to all elected members requesting their feedback on the application. Councillors’ primary concern related to waste storage and collection, i.e. to clarify expectations for absorbing waste generated onsite into the existing kerbside collection schedule, or will the development’s management assume responsibility for waste to be delivered directly to the Regional Waste Management Facility.
Further clarification on these matters has been sought from the project developer.
UPDATE December 22:
The Planning Commission intends to hold a hearing regarding the proposed exceptional development in Alice Springs in February 2023. Prior to the hearing a report will be prepared by the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics including a copy of all public submissions, according to a spokesperson.
This will be made available to the public on the NT Planning Commission website at least two days prior to a hearing.
Commission hearings are open to the public.