- Wednesday 05 April 2017
Strong community support to revitalise the centre of Caloundra has contributed to the Sunshine Coast Council's decision to endorse the Caloundra Centre Master Plan.
The master plan, which sets out a strong vision for the future of Caloundra, capitalises on Caloundra’s natural beauty, wealth of community facilities and sports activities, was finalised after five weeks of extensive community consultation late last year.
Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the Caloundra Centre Master Plan presented some exciting opportunities for the area.
“Through the master plan, we will be able to achieve greater activation, connection and vibrancy for the centre of Caloundra,” Cr Dwyer said.
“With other centres on the Sunshine Coast, such as Maroochydore and Kawana, experiencing steady growth, it is important for Caloundra and its economy to be on a similar path.
“This special attention given to the centre of Caloundra will boost investment confidence and establish Caloundra as a leading business, employment and community services hub.
"We received 247 completed surveys and 70 submissions from the community, with much of the feedback providing strong support for the initiatives outlined in the draft master plan.
“In particular, plans for a new town square, Otranto Avenue street park, increased mixed use development, a gateway into Bulcock Street and improved community facilities were well received.
“The community also echoed council’s view that improved public transport for the area is a must, which will underpin our advocacy to the State Government.”
Cr Dwyer said the master plan also reflected community feedback on building heights and contained provisions that would balance the need to attract high quality development for the centre while protecting its valuable view corridors.
“At two of the centre’s most important transformative sites – Top of Town and Western Gateway – the plan provides for building heights to be raised to encourage developments such as a four-star hotel or vertically integrated retirement facility.
“Through this incentive we plan to secure exemplary architectural design and facilities that will make a significant contribution to the vision for the Caloundra Centre.
“Overall, there is a strong focus on good quality urban design outcomes, links to the water and initiatives to stimulate investment in, and development of, several sites for residential, commercial and tourism purposes.
“The endorsed master plan, developed after extensive community and stakeholder consultation, will assist in achieving the delivery of a world class centre for Caloundra.”
Council is proposing a future planning scheme amendment to support the community’s goals for the area and the master plan’s vision to facilitate a strong mix of commercial, tourist, community, sport, education and living opportunities in Caloundra.
The Caloundra Centre Master Plan was endorsed at council’s March Ordinary Meeting.
A copy of the final Caloundra Centre Master Plan is available to view here.