- Friday 05 November 2010
Sunshine Coast Council has achieved a significant milestone in planning for the region’s future, with the final Palmview Structure Plan taking full effect from today.
Council is the first local government authority to deliver a structure plan to the state government that includes a supporting infrastructure agreement.
The agreement guarantees $600 million worth of infrastructure will be rolled out across the site, at no cost to rate payers.
The plan includes 615 hectares of land for ecological protection and rehabilitation, and more than 130 hectares of land for local, district and regional community, sport and recreational facilities.
It will deliver affordable housing with 12.5 per cent of dwellings on the site set aside for that purpose, and incorporates water and energy efficient urban design.
Eight hundred lots are earmarked for early release, including 500 affordable housing lots.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Bob Abbot said he congratulated the land owners, the development company Investa, and the council for completing what had been a very complex process.
“Finalising the structure plan and infrastructure agreement has demonstrated that council is up to the job of planning for Greenfield sites in the region,” Cr Abbot said.
“We believe the plan is fair and reasonable, provides a range of community and infrastructure benefits and supports our vision for a sustainable future.”
Council’s Strategy and Planning portfolio Councillor Russell Green said that council has adopted the structure plan, signalling the start of the next phase of planning necessary to get shovels in the ground.
“In October, the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning approved the structure plan, with conditions, which included further investigation into the alignment of the greenlink public transport corridors,” Cr Green said.
“Council accepted the state government’s changes in the interests of proceeding with the development to create jobs, boost the local economy and provide affordable housing to the region.
“We are committed to ensuring public transport is provided as part of this development, along with sustainable urban design and protection of the environment.
“A plan of development is intended to be lodged with council for part of the site to ensure the 800 ‘shovel ready’ lots, which includes 500 for affordable housing, are delivered quickly to market.
“Master plans will also be developed and lodged with council to provide more detailed planning on the type of development to occur in the area.”
The structure plan was gazetted today.