Development hits a high for 2015 for Sunshine Coast
  • Wednesday 30 December 2015
Cranes on the Coast

Development records were smashed on the Sunshine Coast in November, with the busiest development period recorded by council since 2012.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the surge in development was a clear reflection of confidence in the region.

“The large number of development applications being made each month is a clear indicator of confidence in the Sunshine Coast economy, and we can all look forward to a prosperous future for our region,” Mayor Jamieson said.

Each month’s number of development applications lodged has been higher this year than during the same months in 2014, with the November 2015 figure being 361% higher than November 2014. The November 2015 figures also represent an increase on the figures for October 2015.

Last month, council recorded the highest monthly figure of sealed lots released since 2012.

“In November, council sealed the plan for 429 lots to be sold in a variety of locations across the region, which is the highest monthly figure since 2012,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“The sealing of these lots, at locations across the region, indicates how far the benefits of the region’s development will reach, with residents as far apart as Peregian Springs, Mooloolaba, Brightwater and Pelican Waters benefitting from increased employment availability and investment opportunities.”

“While the number of development applications is rising, it is the size of some applications that is especially significant.

“Three of November’s decided lot reconfiguration applications will transform five lots into 194 lots at the Parklakes, Sunshine Cove and Ridges Peregian estates. 

“Three retail-related applications were also decided for significant premises that will provide more shopping opportunities for residents, and also create employment opportunities.”

Mayor Jamieson said November was an especially busy month following on from the Quarterly Development Report which showed a 17% increase on the same period in 2014/15.

“The Sunshine Coast Council development team has worked hard to facilitate open development discussions and process applications in a timely manner,” he said.

Fast facts

The total number of applications lodged in November 2015 was 1278.

The total number of applications decided in November 2015 was 1184.

Significant development applications lodged during November 2015 included:

  • 560 residential dwellings
  • 4 retail premises or extensions to existing premises
  • 3 educational facilities
  • 2 offices
    • 2 tourist accommodation facilities 

Significant development applications decided during November 2015 included:

  • 161 residential dwellings
  • 3 retail premises
  • 1 aged care facility extension
  • 194 lots created from lot reconfiguration