Innovative Planning Move By Gold Coast Council Lures New Tower Development

26/09/2012 11:48 pm



A Singaporean developer has loded a Development Application with Gold Coast Council for a 41 storey Mixed Use Tower on Surfers Paradise Boulevarde. The proposed development would give a much needed boost to local  Gold Coast economy, putting  some cranes back in the air over Surfers Paradise.

The Australian reported that the developer Ho Bee Investments was, "Apparently buoyed by a 40 per cent reduction in council infrastructure charges introduced by new Mayor Tom Tate". Earlier this month Mayor Tate announced that the Council was cutting local government charges for developers in an effort to kick-start at least $4 billion in residential and commercial development and "get the cranes back up".

Council are to remove all local government infrastructure charges for six months, followed by a 50% discount thereafter. "The Gold Coast is open for business again," Mr Tate said at the time.

The Development Application (DA) prepared by Urban Planning Services Pty Ltd (UPS) is for a Material Change of Use Impact assessable DA on the site at 3440 Surfers Paradise Boulevarde, Surfers Paradise.

The site is a highly prominent on Surfers Paradise Boulevarde with the 3 street frontage, to the Boulevard, Main Beach Parade and Highman Street. The planning report prepared by UPS states that,

"The Development has been designed to address its pormient location through the proposed dramatic, contemporary and iconic architectural design. The use of a variety of high quality materials and innovative landscaping will reinforce the role of Surfers Paradise as accommodating diverse, interesting and iconic buildings."

The 41 storey Mixed Used Development of 236 apartments incorporates the following key components:

  • 42 Storeys and 43 levels
  • Cafe tenancies, Lobby and Resident's Lounge at Ground Level, Apartments on Levels 2-26, Resident's Gym, Function Room and Lounge as well as a Residents Rooftop Landscape Terrace on Level 27, Apartments on Level 28-40, and Resident's Rooftop Communal Gardens on Level 41
  • Total 236 units at a density of 1 Unit/10.1sqm
  • 170 car parking spaces provided over 3 basements; and
  • High quality amenities for residents and guests.

A development of this magnitude would have been in the works for a long time now, including a smaller 30 storey tower approval obtained last year for the site, so the level of influence the Council's move had on the decision to lodge the DA is debatable. However, the waiver of infrastructure fees would have been a significant carrot to encourage the developer to get their application in now.

The proposal is now in the information and referral state according to Council's Development Application Tracking system.