No support for Little Mountain shopping complex
  • Thursday 04 September 2008

A proposed Little Mountain shopping centre, which goes against the Caloundra City planning scheme, received little support at today’s Sunshine Coast Council Strategy and Planning Committee meeting with Councillors referring a recommendation for refusal to next week’s Ordinary meeting for consideration.

The proposed development at Sugar Bag Rd covers 6565m² in area and includes a supermarket, specialty shops, fast food restaurant, medical centre/pharmacy, hotel and liquor barn.

Council has already received more than 170 submissions opposing the development.

Director of Regional Planning and Strategy, Warren Bunker, said the shopping centre proposal did not comply with either the zoning for the area, which is either low density residential or rural residential, or the centres policy under Caloundra City Plan 2004.

“The complex is significantly in conflict with the planning scheme,” Mr Bunker said.

“It is inconsistent with the business centre hierarchy, conflicts with the environmental outcomes desired for that area, and would adversely impact on the character and amenity of the residential area, the gateway views, traffic safety, and the existing landform and environmental values of the site.”

“The Department of Natural Resources and Water, a concurrence agency for the subject site, has also directed Council to refuse the application.”

Councillors on the committee referred the recommendation for refusal to the Ordinary meeting to be held at Council’s Nambour office on Thursday 11 September for consideration by the whole Council.