- Last updated:
- 04 Dec 2020
Our coastal corridor is changing.Population growth is inevitable. It brings with it the building blocks for a stronger economy, secure jobs and greater liveability.
Our population is expected to grow from 320,000 to more than 518,000 over the next 20 years. Based on past experience, much of this growth is expected to occur along the coast between Maroochydore and Caloundra. An area where a significant portion of the region’s population and jobs are located.
We must plan for growth to ensure we maintain our quality of life and protect our hinterland and natural landscapes. The revitalisation of Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Kawana, Birtinya and Caloundra are part of this plan. The projects will provide more jobs, attract investment and offer diverse housing choice. This will enhance the coastal corridor enabling the delivery of more sustainable growth into the future.
We need to support sustainable growth in the coastal corridor as part of a careful and balanced approach to managing growth. This will enable our region to continue to offer a relaxed coastal lifestyle with attractive and diverse neighbourhoods in walking distance of our iconic beaches. Growth will occur in the coastal corridor with or without a mass transit system. A responsible plan must provide sustainable transport options that reduce dependence on car travel and the need for more roads.
Community input is essential to determining the opportunities that could be realised and will be part of the consultation on mass transit options undertaken in early 2021.
Supporting a sustainable and liveable future
With the delivery of a mass transit solution comes the opportunity for proactive urban land use planning. This can ensure that as we grow, we can offer the lifestyle and housing options that people want. It can also support good planning outcomes that maintain the values of our communities
Planning for places
Through our planning for growth there are opportunities to identify placemaking priorities. This could include opportunities in key centres and around potential new stations or other local areas