HINDMARSH Shire Council has paved the way for redevelopment of the burnt-out Dimboola Hotel site.
But progress hinges on the outcome of yet another objection to the planning application.
The council decided on Wednesday to approve a proposal to use the land as a hotel.
The owner, Paul Rintel, applied in June last year for a planning application to redevelop the hotel.
Hindmarsh Shire Council director of infrastructure services Douglas Gowans said council approved the application, but there was an objection and it went to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
“VCAT supported council’s decision to have the site redeveloped,” he said.
Mr Gowans said the issue had returned to council because VCAT made it clear the original application was just for the building to be redeveloped, not for it to be used as a hotel.
“So that had to be done separately,” he said.
Council will issue a notice of determination to grant a permit, subject to eight conditions.
Prominent among them are clauses ensuring hotel management will not allow the business to negatively impact the surrounding area.
Based on the plan, any hotel built on the land will be allowed to open from 10am until 11pm from Monday to Thursday, and on a Sunday.
Opening hours will be extended until 2am on Friday and Saturday nights.
“Council has never wavered from the position where it would like to see the site redeveloped by the owner,” Mr Gowans said.
Robin Barber, who submitted the application on the owner’s behalf, said he understood Mr Rintel was still intending to redevelop the site.
“The plan was virtually to reconstruct the whole hotel and retain the existing facade,” Mr Barber said.
Horsham Magistrate’s Court this year ordered Mr Rintel to demolish the remainder of the building, except for the facade, and remove the roof tiles by November 25.
An earlier court order compelled Mr Rintel to pay the Make A Wish Foundation $5000 for having failed to do so sooner.
Dimboola Hotel was gutted by fire in 2003.
Mr Rintel bought the freehold property for $1 the following year.
Dianne Hadden-Tregear, who owns an adjoining property, has submitted a two-page objection to the permit.
In the objection, she said the property would negatively impact on acceptable noise levels and amenity in the neighbourhood.
Ms Hadden-Tregear said she was also concerned a hotel would attract anti-social and unacceptable behaviour.