A FOUR-unit development has been approved for the Central Highlands council-developed Nogoa Rise estate, despite the street being described as already overrun by multiple dwellings.
The development application on 1219sq m at 27 Moriarty St attracted two submissions, but development services manager Luke Lankowski reassured councillors it complied with planning density requirements.
David and Rebecca Leighton queried the planning policy of multiple dwellings to be spaced at one in every four consecutive lots, saying the approval would create a spacing of three multiple dwellings in five lots.
"Many residents purchased property in this area thinking it would be a low-density residential area, making it a great environment for raising families (and) safe interaction in the street," the couple said.
"Does Moriarty St need another multiple dwelling? There are currently 10 in this street and I'm sure this will lead to an increased transient population.
"It would be hard to find another street in Emerald of similar length containing more multiple dwellings."
Linda and Kevin Meyer also registered their objection.
"We currently have four units diagonally across from our home and assisted living units, as well as a duplex next door to us," they said.
"We have built a home in a lovely area where we wish to bring up our children. These units will create more traffic and may make it unsafe."
Mr Lankowski said the density achieved by the units was one in 305m, more than the one in 250m recommended.
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