Countdown to Palmview approval
  • Tuesday 21 September 2010

Owners of the Palmview Greenfield site have guaranteed $600 million worth of infrastructure will be rolled out to support the planned residential community, as part of a landmark agreement signed last night.

The infrastructure agreement was reached following rigorous negotiations between Sunshine Coast Council and the three landowners, and was signed by all parties and Unitywater.

Council’s structure plan and the agreement have now been forwarded to Planning and Infrastructure Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe, for a second state interest check.

The Minister has 15 days to respond to the documents he received this morning, signalling the final phase in the lengthy master planning process.

Council’s planning portfolio spokesman Russell Green said some compromises were required from all parties during negotiations but the outcome was positive for Sunshine Coast ratepayers.

"This is the first structure plan of its kind in Queensland and we were determined to ensure that existing ratepayers would not be forced to foot the bill for the infrastructure required on this site," Cr Green said.

"As a result of negotiations, landowners have undertaken to provide $600 million worth of infrastructure sequenced to support the growing community, with completion of each stage of development triggering the next phase in infrastructure delivery.

"Our plan also 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% of dwellings on the site set aside for that purpose, and incorporates water and energy efficient urban design.

"It includes a ‘greenlink’ – a dedicated public and active transport link - connecting Palmview to Sippy Downs and to Kawana.

"Council has fought hard for the best outcomes for community amenity and environmental sustainability."

Sunshine Coast Mayor Bob Abbot said finalisation of the structure plan and infrastructure agreement demonstrated that council was up to the task of planning for significant Greenfield sites in the region.

He said if council’s plans were supported by the Minister, 800 ‘shovel ready’ lots at Palmview could be approved immediately.

"This is further evidence that we are genuine about moving this project along," Cr Abbot said.

"We have participated in the process set down by the state government in good faith and our staff have worked tirelessly to meet the requirements and deadlines.

"The plan for Palmview is consistent with council’s goals for the provision of public transport, affordable living, environmental protection, and well-designed communities.

"Some compromises have been made in an effort to balance a wide range of interests and views on how this development should proceed.

"However we believe the result is fair and reasonable, provides a range of community and infrastructure benefits and supports our vision for a sustainable future."