SCRC New Planning Scheme Project

The Sunshine Coast Regional Council has finished the first round of public consultation on the new 2024 planning scheme for the Sunshine Coast.   No results of this consultation have been released yet.

When completed, this new planning scheme will shape the look and feel of the Sunshine Coast out to 2031.   As planning for the new scheme is in the early stages of development, Council released in late February 2022 a broad planning vision for the region together with some specific guidelines for each local area.  This formed the basis for community feedback which closed on 31 March 2022.

 

As we have always suspected, the mass transit proposal is at the heart of the proposed plan together with increased high rise and housing densification along our Coastal Corridor.

The Regional Strategy states:

"parts of the coastal corridor from Maroochydore to Caloundra will experience urban renewal, with the revitalisation of key centres including Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Kawana, Birtinya and Caloundra. These key centres will be highly accessible and will, create more jobs, attract investment and offer a diversity of housing choice"

 

What are they not telling us?

  • How high is high?

  • What is the density and height they are planning for each locality?

  • How far do the proposed major centres and nodes extend? 400m? 800m?

  • What is a node?

  • How many extra dwellings are they planning for?

Council has indicated the following:

  • low rise = 1-2 storeys (maybe 3)

  • mid rise = 3-6 storeys

  • high rise  = over 6 storeys

Kawana Waters Planning Directions

Beware Kawana-High Rise is Coming

The proposed Kawana Waters planning direction states:

“There are significant opportunities for further growth and development in this local plan area due to proximity and accessibility to retail, business and health services and infrastructure investment, including the potential for high frequency public transport. Constraints to further development include flooding associated with the Mooloolah River, coastal hazards, and current road capacities.”

 

The main changes Council are proposing:

  • 2 Major Centres of high rise

    • Kawana Shopping World and Surrounds (Buddina) (What does "surrounds" mean?)

    • Kawana Town Centre (Birtinya)

 

  • Focus areas of increased density and height in nodes along Nicklin Way

    • These areas will be low to mid rise.

      • Palkana Drive

      • Minkara Street

      • Wyanda Drive

      • Thunderbird Drive

      • Bokarina Boulevard

      • Moondara Drive

      • Piringa Street

 

 

These are the images Council are using to depict the Kawana area:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Council states the overall level of change on the ground to be "moderate" but also notes:

“the level of change is expected to be generally low for the majority of the LPA but moderate-high for some areas”

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Mooloolaba-Alexandra Headland Planning Directions

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Mooloolaba and Alex - Is this what you want?

The proposed Mooloolaba -Alexandra Headland Direction States:

“A series of local mass transit stations provide fast and convenient connections for residents and visitors to Maroochydore, and south to Kawana and Caloundra, and are a catalyst for targeted redevelopment. Outside these identified areas, the majority of existing low-density housing areas in Mooloolaba and Alexandra Headland are retained with minimal change….

Brisbane Road creates an attractive gateway to Mooloolaba. It forms a vibrant mixed use corridor which connects surrounding residents with services and transport options. Older residential areas adjacent to this corridor are revitalised, with a range of low-medium density housing including lower scaled apartment living, townhouses, and duplexes

The main changes Council are proposing:

  • Focus areas of increased density and height along key corridors and in nodes (eg close to centres and transit stations)

  • No Increase in height limits on the Spit east of the Mooloolaba Wharf site or on top of Alexander Headland (What about the rest of Mooloolaba and Alex?)

  • Provide opportunities for mixed use development along Brisbane Rd and in the vicinity of Naroo Crt/Walan St/Muraban St/First Av/Smith St. (Map ref 1)

  • Additional low-medium density residential development such as duplexes and townhouses to improve housing diversity (Map Ref 2)

Council states the overall level of change on the ground to be "moderate"

 
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Council states the overall level of change on the ground to be "High"

Maroochydore Planning Directions

Maroochydore-A high level of change is Coming

The proposed Maroochydore planning direction(excl the CBD) states:

“There are significant opportunities for further growth and development due to proximity and accessibility to the emerging city centre which will attract significant business and infrastructure investment, including the potential for high frequency public transport. Constraints to further development primarily include flooding associated with the Maroochy River and coastal hazards, and current road capacities.”

Our concern with this proposed direction is the CBD appears to be the catalyst and justification for extensive rezoning of residential areas in Maroochydore to “integrate” with its look and feel. 

When the concept of a CBD area for the Sunshine Coast was first floated, there was no mention of the rest of the Maroochydore area having to change its character and built form to suit the new CBD development.  This direction for Maroochydore, if implemented, would see these same residents experiencing significant change to their immediate neighbourhood.  The look and feel of the CBD appear to take priority over the wellbeing and lifestyle of the current residents.  Why does the rest of Maroochydore need to change to fit the CBD?  How far does this eventually go? Cotton Tree? Mooloolaba? Minyama?

 

The main changes Council are proposing:

 

  • Review height limits on sites adjoining the new CBD to facilitate a built form integration with the CBD  (Map Ref 1)

 

  • Provide additional areas for medium and low-medium density residential re-development close to the centre and transit stations

 

  • Provide mixed use redevelopment opportunities along Aerodrome Rd (Map Ref 3)

 

  • Transition the Sunshine Home Centre to a mixed-use node to facilitate residential uses located in multiple floors above the ground storey with limited large format retailing. (Map Ref 4)