Australian Self-Storage Operator Kennards Wins Zoning Approval
The Wollongong City Council recently voted 9-1 in favor of a special-use zoning change that should enable Kennards Self Storage of Australia to build a proposed storage facility within the Kemblawarra Business Park. The council approved self-storage as a permissible light-industrial use within the heavy-industrial zoned area. The decision is another reversal by the council, which voted 7-6 in May to investigate other options amid strong opposition to the zoning proposal from heavy industrial businesses. City staff ultimately recommended the council approve the Kennards request, believing it to be “the best option to facilitate the development of self-storage units at 249 Shellharbour Road, Port Kembla, while protecting valuable heavy industrial-zoned land for the long term,” according to city documents. “We think this is the right thing and the most logical thing the council should do, although selfishly we wouldn’t mind which option they chose as long as it allowed self-storage,” Sam Kennard, managing director for Kennards Self Storage, said prior to the council’s decision.