A four-year long saga surrounding the development application for a new rural supplies business for agronomy company Terra Ag has come to an end.
Griffith City Council approved the development application, which had been in the pipeline since 2015, at Tuesday's council meeting with an unanimous vote.
The business, which was originally proposed to be constructed next to the Sikh Temple on Kidman Way, was initially voted down by council.
Terra Ag then took council to court over the decision and were unsuccessful in the initial ruling but managed to succeed in their appeal.
In May 2018, a Land and Environment Court Commissioner ruled the parties had reached a successful resolution, with part of the terms of the mediation agreement to move of the site of the development to the corner of Kidman Way and Thorne Road, opposite from the Sikh Temple.
Terra Ag director Mark Zanatta addressed council on Tuesday and said the application approval would help the business continue to grow.
"Our clients and staff have been very patient in our endeavours to deliver a facility to match the service we provide out in the field," Mr Zanatta said.
"I strongly believe local and regional businesses need councils to work with them to get development happening in a respectable time-frame to give businesses the confidence to grow.
"Four years is far too long."
Applicant for the development, Planningmatters Development Service's Martin Ruggeri said while the application was not perfect, they were willing to accept the conditions imposed by council.
"We've had a look at the draft conditions, whilst we're not stoked with all of them the client is willing to accept those tonight," Mr Ruggeri said.
Mr Ruggeri specified three issues Terra Ag intends to further discuss with council, with the company disagreeing with a condition relating to the payment of water contributions and two RMS requirements to remove a left turn exit out of the site and construct a 1.2 metre-wide median strip along Kidman Way.
Mayor John Dal Broi said compromises would need to be made.
"I know and the councillors know that dealing with the RMS will set you back six months," Councillor Dal Broi said.
"The whole issue here tonight is to kick this off and if we've got to compromise along the way, let's do it to get it off the ground."
Former councillor Bill Lancaster spoke on behalf of the Sikh community and said one of their major concerns was the potential of dust contaminating the temple site.
"When the other DA was approved, it was a requirement that trees and vegetation be provided on the boundary of the temple and the site to act as a shield for any contamination from blowing across to the temple site," Mr Lancaster said.
Mr Lancaster asked for an air quality report be provided in order to provide "a base to start from" and requested the entire site be sealed.
Council's infrastructure and operations director Phil King said the application included an air quality sample and there would be no effect on the temple.
"In their [the reports] view, the air quality will not affect the Sikh temple which is some 220, 230 metres away," Mr King said.
"At this stage the information that we have in the reports and the requirements, we believe, should manage the air quality."
Mr Ruggeri said it was "impractical and unfeasible" to completely seal the proposed site, but areas which will constantly be used will be sealed.
Mr Zanatta spoke to The Area News on Monday and said the approval was a "good thing for the town" as it will help provide employment opportunities and a quality service to local growers, with the company looking to begin work early next year after further liaising with council about some of the conditions.
"We've got a lot of conditions to get through before the Construction Certificate is issued," Mr Zanatta said.
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