BARGARA is booming with residential development as a Bargara man looks to fill the land across from Bargara Central Shopping Centre.
Bill Hazenberg is the owner of the Bargara Rd land and wants to subdivide his five acres into 32 residential lots.
The application is currently before the Bundaberg Regional Council and follows a recently approved residential subdivision on Moodies Rd for 181 lots.
Mr Hazenberg has lived in Bargara for more than 20 years and said he purchased the Bargara Rd land "a couple of years" ago with the intention to subdivide it in the future.
"Obviously it will fill up the vacant area there and offer some nice home sites for those who want to live close to all facilities," Mr Hazenberg said.
"And after all, it's not far from the ocean either so it's a win-win for anyone who wants to build there."
He said the subdivision would be different from those previously seen in Bargara.
"It will be a small-lot subdivision," Mr Hazenberg said.
The vacant lots will range from the smallest legal size of 360 to 620 square metres.
Mr Hazenberg believed there was a call for smaller lot sizes.
"There are a lot of people who have got big monstrous houses on big monstrous lots and they want to downsize," he said.
"I believe this will appeal to people."
The land backs on to the Bargara Golf Club with buggy access on many of the proposed lots.
The councils Bargara divisional representative Greg Barnes described the development as "ideally located" on the entrance to town and alongside the shopping centre.
Cr Barnes said the lot sizes were far smaller than the average and more than half the size of many in Bargara.
"My personal view is that I don't like small allotments, but I understand there's a need for them" Cr Barnes said.
Cr Barnes said as long as the smaller lots were contrasted with larger ones in future there should not be a problem.
"As along as we provide an acceptable mix," he said.
Bargara man Bernie Fogarty lives in the house on the corner of the development site and described the development as "a great idea".
He said if the land was turned residential or commercial it was a "win-win" for the community.
"If it goes commercial, it's only going to create more jobs," Mr Fogarty said.
"If it goes residential, it's only going to make the building industry better."
But Mr Fogarty admitted that as he lives right beside the development he was happy to see it was going to be residential over commercial.
In terms of his new neighbours, Mr Fogarty said he wasn't worried.
"If you want privacy, you go and live on acreage," he said.
"People who live in suburbia, if they complain then they need to move out to the bush."
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