- Last updated:
- 26 Aug 2020
The urban transformation planning work done so far for the options analysis is indicative only, for the purposes of studying what is possible if a mass transit system is built. It is not a detailed town planning proposal.
It is important to note that under council's plan, urban transformation will be focused on areas close to the mass transit stations which have the greatest potential for renewal, and not on existing high quality residential areas. But importantly, the form, scale and function of that urban transformation close to mass transit stations is yet to be considered in detail and will be done so in collaboration with the community.
The focus of any mass transit solution is necessarily on connecting the majority of the region’s population as efficiently as possible, where they live, where they work, where they recreate and where they access services. That is the goal for all successful public transport networks. Urban transformation also has at its heart, the principle of livability – a value that is highly prized by both council and our community and underpins the principles of Sunshine Coast Design. Council has not departed from – and has no intentions of departing from – this goal and this value.
The detail of urban transformation (including discussion about built form and height) will be produced with the benefit of community input over the next few years. Following this, whatever amendments to the planning scheme are considered appropriate to give effect to the agreed development outcomes will be subject to further community consultation in accordance with statutory requirements of the Planning Act 2016.
Previous community engagement
Council has engaged with the community, business and stakeholders since 2012 about the best ways to service the Sunshine Coast’s growing population, and we will continue this in the detailed business case phase.
An online consultation hub as part of A Line in the Sand (Full Report) Pre-feasibility and Rapic Economic Appraisal Report - 2012 report attracted more than 2,900 visits and 228 people took part in the poll on the hub. The recommended proposal for light rail on the Sunshine Coast was supported by 82 per cent of those who completed the poll.
In November 2014 more than 700 people had their say on light rail route options proposed for Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Kawana and Caloundra. The vast majority (87 per cent) supported council's investigations into light rail and their feedback on route options contributed to the selection by council of a preferred route for further study.
Council undertook market research and community consultation between November 2017 and July 2018 to help shape the Integrated Transport Strategy endorsed by council in 2018.
Key findings from the market research and community consultation relevant to the Sunshine Coast Mass Transit Project have been integrated with the business case workings.
Consultation on the broad need for improved transport connections and consolidation of urban development was also carried out during development of:
- The Regional Economic Development Strategy released in 2013
- The Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme adopted in 2014
- The Environment and Liveability Strategy released in 2017
- The Sunshine Coast Community Strategy released in 2019.
The Queensland Government also undertook community consultation in relation to the extent and form of dwelling and employment provision on the Sunshine Coast as part of the preparation of ShapingSEQ - the South East Queensland Regional Plan - released in 2017.