Palerang Councillors voted 8-1 at the October meeting to accept revised concept plans from Krnc Bros Investment Pty Ltd for a supermarket complex on four blocks facing the Kings Highway west of the Caltex station.
The original plan had been knocked back in April because a majority of councillors felt that it did not adequately blend with the existing architectural style of the village. At the same time it was a complying development so council was taking a risk by demanding changes.
They succeeded in having the original concrete box design softened with some heritage façade features and other improvements to the site design.
Where to from here is up to the developer who has five years to make something happen on the site. The Bulletin understands that the Krnc group has been conducting extended consultations with Metcash, parent company of IGA supermarkets. However reportedly no agreements have yet been signed and it is still possible that another supermarket chain would vie to come to the area.
The dissenting vote was by Councillor Garth Morrison who said he is worried about the effect on Gibraltar Street if the supermarket and liquor store move from there.