Public feedback is now open regarding the proposed development of a McDonald’s fast-food outlet at the current site of the Chisholm Tavern.
The proposal has been submitted by Chisholm Village Pty Ltd for a new single storey commercial building with car parking, landscaping, signage and lease variation.
The total cost of works for the development is in excess of $2.2 million.
Region Media first reported on the proposal in July. A petition with more than 700 signatures against the proposal has been presented to the ACT Government and then referred to the relevant ACT Assembly committee for review.
The Development Application is now open for public comment.
Member for Brindabella Joy Burch MLA said she has written to ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and has not received a reply as yet.
Ms Burch told Region Media that she wants to ensure that the strong feedback which has been provided regarding the proposal, is a consideration of the independent assessor. It is also her intention to provide a copy of the tabled petition as a formal representation during the public notification period.
It is understood the public notification period ends on 6 September.
“I think the local shops have a good lot of food outlets already… It’s not us pushing for more.”
Comments about the proposal also continue to ignite debate from within the community.
“I wouldn’t have a problem with a McDonald’s as such, it’s more the fact of them removing the Tavern to do so. Chisholm Tavern is a lovely family-friendly place that’s served the community for many many years,” said one concerned resident.
“Who needs Maccas? Tav food is magnificent, healthy and wholesome! And we are worried about obesity!! Let’s whack a Maccas in Chis, then wonder why there are so many fat kids in Tuggeranong,” says another.
When approached for comment, a McDonald’s spokesperson said the proposal is still in the early stages.
“We’re always looking for new opportunities to invest in the ACT. This site is zoned appropriately and we are currently going through due process with the government,” the spokesperson said.
Members of the public can lodge their feedback via this link on the Access Canberra website. After adding your details, you then need to add details of the DA: Block 44, Section 539, DA number 201935300.
The plans for the DA can be viewed via this link on the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate website.