Development Activity Increasing Under Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme

18/09/2014 5:47 pm

Sunshine CoastDevelopment activity on the Sunshine Coast continues last year’s upward trend. The figures for August show 200% increase on the number of lots approved the month before.

Council approved 21 applications resulting in 194 lots last month (August), compared to July figures of 12 applications and 65 lots.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the increases reflected growing confidence in the region’s future.

“Last financial year the value of building construction on the Sunshine Coast was $1.113 billion and that excluded the public and private hospitals on the Kawana Health Campus,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“This is the highest value for the past five years, which is a significant boost for the region and the economy.”

Planning Portfolio Councillor Christian Dickson said council’s incentive schemes continued to support the upward trend and it was now much easier to do business with council, thanks to the new planning scheme.

“The efficiencies embedded in the new planning scheme are also being realised, with 36% of operational works applications received and decided during August, allowing development activity to progress quickly,” Cr Dickson said.

However, the new planning scheme could be facing amendments just months after it was released. Talks behind closed doors between council and Sekisui House, which says it needs 12 storeys to make its proposed Yaroomba beachfront five-star resort viable, have angered residents.

Council has remained tight-lipped about its appointment of a consultant to advise it on possible amendments to the region's strategic plan which would allow changes to what is possible to be built not only at Yaroomba but in other areas of the Coast as well.

It was also giving nothing away yesterday when asked when it planned to begin the amendments, what form they would take and what areas would be considered and why they were necessary so soon after the release of the planning scheme.

"All of these matters will be determined by council in due course,'' it said in a statement attributed to a Sunshine Coast Council spokesman.

Cr Jason O'Pray confirmed yesterday that at some point council would be debating planning scheme amendments on a number of different sites of significance across the region.