There were strong objections today from a group of residents of Uduya, about a five-minute drive from the town of Lami, over a proposed industrial rezoning of a landed property in full ownership in the middle of their place of residence.
Discussions took place this afternoon between the inhabitants, the developer, the officials of the Department of Land Use Planning and the Lami Town Hall at the Lami Town Hall office.
Fijivillage was not allowed to participate in the meeting, but we could hear residents expressing their concerns and objections strongly.
Inoke Kalounisiga, a resident of Uduya, who was part of the meeting, said the proposed development is a warehouse and container yard and would be located between his house and another house.
He says if rezoning takes place it will affect property values in the area.
Kalounisiga points out that they are also fighting to stop any development near the waterfront on Draunibota Bay as it is one of the last protected marine reserves along the port of Suva.
Fijivillage has received confirmation that the developer’s first rezoning application has not been approved.
A request for reconsideration of the decision is now with the Department of Town and Country Planning.
The Ministry of Land Use has yet to comment.