48-unit plan rounds Port of Airlie hotels to three
YET another hotel has been flagged for Port of Airlie and is set to bring a dive school and more than 450 guests to the waterfront location.
The latest application outlines plans for a tourist and visitor accommodation with "integrated leisure facilities, ancillary staff accommodation, and transport facilities for the premises".
The proposed four-storey hotel will have 102 accommodation units set to cater for group travel.
The development outlines plans for 48 units, each with space for up to two guests, that will be labelled the 'Mine' accommodation.
Plans show 24 'Together' units that cater for groups of up to four guests with a double and two single beds, or up to six guests with a double bed and two double bunks.
There will also be 24 'Yours' suites for groups of up to eight with four private rooms.
Six self-contained 'Out of the Ordinary' suites will round out the hotel's offerings.
At maximum capacity, the hotel will accommodate 454 guests.
There will also be a restaurant with waterfront terrace area, a dive school and training pool, bar, games room, communal kitchen and a gym.
The building is set to stand at 18.8m tall, which exceeds Whitsunday Regional Council's maximum building height in a mixed-use zone.
Council officers requested more information from the applicants about the height of the building as well as further details on parking, stormwater and engineering.
In response to the council request, the applicants commissioned a report that revealed the social and economic impact of the proposed development.
The report outlined $37.6 million in direct and indirect construction effects, 105 construction jobs, 52 full-time equivalent jobs in the first year and 85 direct and indirect ongoing operational jobs if the hotel was given the green light.
It was also projected the development would draw $1.7 million in additional visitor expenditure in the first year.
The applicants argued that reducing the height of the building to 12m would reduce the number of rooms and "fatally impair the viability" of the proposal.
A visual impact survey that mapped how the development would look against the current landscape showed there would be no impact on views from residents at The Cove and Beacons.
However, the hotel would partially intrude into forested mountain views from some closer range viewpoints.
This development is the second to be formally put on public notification by the council, with a luxury hotel with 52 apartments flagged in late October.
The council also sent a request to developers of another hotel at Port of Airlie in October for which plans showed a four to five-star hotel with 180 suites, a spa and fitness centre, yoga deck, pool terrace and amenities.
The application is now on public notification here.