New church plans rejected

Published 3:00pm 29 June 2023

New church plans rejected
Words by Nick Crockford

Plans for a new church on the outskirts of Dayboro have been unanimously refused by Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Dayboro Church Ltd applied to convert existing buildings, add 28 sealed and 30 unsealed parking spaces, an advertising sign and noise barrier at 3449 Mt Mee Rd, King Scrub.

It sparked 302 submissions from the public, the majority listing detailed objections to the development application (DA).

Many said it was not suitable in a Rural Residential zone, had fears of increased traffic and flooding, the impact of a advertising board and on the environment.

This week councillors voted 12-0 to support their officers’ recommendations and reject Dayboro Church’s proposals for the 1.3-hectare block.

Officers said it was an “inappropriate” land use for a Rural Residential zone and “would result in more intensive use than is contemplated”.

"Lot of concern"

It added: “The proposed development will have adverse impacts on the use, character and amenity of adjoining rural residential properties”.

Cr Darren Grimwade (Div 11) said the application attracted a “great deal of interest” and created “a lot of concern” for many residents.

He said many supported the Dayboro Church and the “wonderful contribution” it currently made to the community.

But many were “conflicted in their thoughts that the applicant’s chosen location may not be the best for the church and the level of activation put forward”.

Twelve months ago, Pastor Gary Levens addressed a full council meeting to defend the application and allay a number of the major concerns.

But within weeks the Say No Action Group also addressed councillors with their concerns over the environment, noise, traffic and flooding.

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