THE developers behind a mini-city for Cherrabah Resort east of Warwick have claimed an estimated $5 million road upgrade would force the plan to be shelved.
As reported, the China-based Joyful View Garden Real Estate Company plans to lure 2000 permanent residents to the resort and as many visitors at a time, but has launched a court action against the Southern Downs Regional Council over conditions of approval.
Council requires Joyful View to pay for widening and sealing of O'Deas Rd at Elbow Valley to eight metres, from the intersection with Keoghs Rd to Old Stanthorpe Rd, and to upgrade that intersection.
They also require the sealing of sections of Old Stanthorpe Rd south from Keoghs Rd, conditions Joyful View has labelled "unnecessary and unreasonable".
A report to tomorrow's Planning and Environment Committee with advice from Joyful View's consultants includes an estimate by traffic experts Bornhorst and Ward of $5.15 million for the roadworks alone, not including land acquisition costs.
"Even it were upgraded, Old Stanthorpe Rd would still be impassable by heavy and taller vehicles due to existing features such as a low rail bridge," the advice states.
"The upgrades would increase traffic volumes through the town of Dalveen, and may trigger requirements for other upgrades to be funded by council.
"The upgrades ... would prove prohibitive to the development proceeding."
Mayor Peter Blundell last week said council would "stay firm" on the road conditions and others, including provision of a fire station and removal of weeds.
Joyful View has lodged an appeal in the Planning and Environment Court of Queensland, with Cr Blundell keen to resolve the sticking points through negotiation.
A full-blown court case could end up costing ratepayers tens or even hundreds of thousands in legal and expert witness costs, with councillors due to debate the latest advice this week.
Cost estimate of road upgrades includes:
- Clearing, mulching $16,733
- Earthworks $210,506
- Roadworks $4,453,123
- Stormwater drainage $210,000
- Contingencies $489,036
- Total $5,152,159
(Prepared by Joyful View's traffic experts)