Started by ozbob, September 07, 2011, 18:00:56 PM
Quote from: SurfRail on September 07, 2011, 21:26:54 PMPublic transport?Funny how headworks charges never seem to include this.
Quote$7500 to keep it quietBill Hoffman | 17th September 2011PROSPECTIVE Bellvista home-buyers will have to pay $7500 for noise insulation, a further blow to the argument that Caloundra South would deliver affordable housing, says Opposition health spokesman Mark McArdle.Mr McArdle said his advice was that it would cost at least that amount to shield homes from noise impacts of the adjacent Caloundra Airport with the bill likely to double for two-storey homes.He attacked the government's housing affordability claims for the development, saying it was never a feasible outcome so close to the Sunshine Coast and its pristine beaches.It was LNP policy to review the entire development if it won office. He said it would do what was possible but would need to consider legal implications attached to winding back approvals."This has always been about dollars for a company driving its own agenda and a government charging stamp duty, not about affordable housing,'' he said.Mr McArdle said his fear was that a massive dormitory Brisbane suburb would sit at the southern end of the Coast unless linkages were made to industrial jobs and the Coast's University Hospital.Data in a report commissioned by the Urban Land Development Authority reveals that not only has the State Government's affordable housing strategy left behind the median income earners it promised to help on the Coast, but it will also make owning a home at Caloundra South a difficult proposition.The ULDA, which has planning control over what will eventually be a development housing 50,000 people, commissioned Urbis to report into affordability outcomes at all its development areas.The government originally promised that 30% of Caloundra South would be affordable to buy or rent by people on median incomes for Caloundra (about $50,000).However, the Urbis report, which measured anticipated affordability outcomes for Bellvista stage two, found that only 5% would be affordable to buy by households on $60,000 a year and only if they could save a $13,190 deposit and interest rates stayed below 7.78%, they were first home buyers and the $7000 government grant was still available.Renters would need to have at least that household income to be able to rent 20% of available stock.Sunshine Coast Council said yesterday it had yet to receive details of the infrastructure charging regime established by the ULDA and what if any future financial implications would result for ratepayers.Major projects manager Ron Piper said council had yet to see detail of the infrastructure charges for Bellvista stage two beyond the fact a charge of $6,215,278 reduced by credits of $4,298,848 was a condition of approval of the first eight stages.
Quote from: mufreight on October 06, 2011, 20:48:49 PMPerhaps the developer should be made to make a meaningful contribution to the track amplification and realignment between Beerburrum and Landsborough.
Quote from: Stillwater on October 06, 2011, 23:38:33 PMDevelopers should pay for these things, Mufreight. What happens is that developers contest with councils about such things as kerbing and channelling, stormwater drains etc; they donate the worst bit of land (the swampy bit at the bottom of the hill) as the 'community park' and don't put in street lighting etc and then sell the land for the highest price they can get. The people who move in then start to lobby the council/state for the community hall, the fire station, the primary school, the additional street lighting etc and the rest of us have a bit more added to our rates to shout the new people up the road the things we enjoy already. I believe this process is called privatising the profits to the developer while socialising the losses to the general community.
QuoteAbbot laments loss of projectMark Bode | 25th October 2011SUNSHINE Coast Mayor Bob Abbot admits to feeling an "air of disappointment" after the contentious, massive Caloundra South development was officially green-lighted without Sunshine Coast Council control.Cr Abbot described the announcement as inevitable.On Friday, development giant Stockland announced to the stock exchange that the massive residential, commercial and retail project would go ahead.The announcement was made before the State Government officially acknowledged the decision.The State Government controversially took control of the project away from the council in October last year after the local authority was accused of dragging its heels.The decision was condemned by the council and the Queensland Local Government Association.It was the first time in Queensland that a development had been taken from a council without the council's consent."From my perspective, there's obviously an air of disappointment about it (the official announcement)," Cr Abbot said yesterday."It was disappointing to lose control of that very large development out of the hands of the community, but we knew it was going to happen."Despite no longer steering the project, Cr Abbot said he expected that the council would work "very closely" with the government's powerful planning body, the Urban Land Development Authority, on some aspects of Caloundra South."Not so much the on-site infrastructure, but the public transport to and from the development and water supply and sewerage issues that have to be dealt with," he said."A development of that size does put a considerable impost in the existing community."It's our firm belief that shouldn't be all handed on to the ratepayers of the day."The ULDA is now in charge of the project.
Quote from: Stillwater on January 02, 2012, 15:34:22 PMIt is always interesting to note how documents that the state government endorse are big on the promise, but small on the delivery. Thus it is so in the case of the Caloundra South Urban Development Area Development Scheme, which the government endorsed in October.It makes sweeping statements about a sustainable and connected community of 50,000, but when one delves down into the detail, this is the actual reality:- (90% of all dwellings should be within 400 metres of a potential public transport service)- the delivery of a future rail line which follows the protected corridor and is integrated into the urban fabric.(from page 13 of the development scheme document)How can one actually deliver today a future railway line?So, what is being delivered? A bus service just an easy walk from new houses? No, look at what is being said. There will be a sort of 'virtual reality', or 'potential' transport service made available.And, as for CAMCOS? Will it be there? Yes, eventually. What's being planned ATM is a 'protected corridor' for an eventual train line linking Beerwah and Maroochydore. In other words, you will be able to stroll along an embankment, or a foundation where a new train could run and dream about fast transport to Brisbane and the proposed new Maroochydore town centre.They call the Sunshine Coast the 'land of promise' because it is just that – a promised new public hospital, a promised railway line, duplication to Nambour, a promised bus priority network linking Caloundra and Maroochydore, a proposed new sports stadium. It is a utopia that inflicts the politician's mind so comprehensively that Minister's cannot conceive reality from fantasy. Worst still, he/she expects the public to adopt the same detached mindset.
Quote from: HBU on January 02, 2012, 20:38:21 PMCurrently at the Sunshine Coast in Caloundra and I must say, travelling to Brisbane is an awful experience via PT. I can see why people drive.I wanted to return to Brisbane for New Year's Day and the journey planner told me the trip would take more than 3 and a half hours and I'd arrive 45mins early for work...
Quote from: HBU on January 04, 2012, 09:36:44 AMIf we're not going to have a train line in the near future and if that train line won't even have a station at Caloundra south, then that development simply should not be allowed to proceed IMHO.
Quote from: Fares_Fair on January 04, 2012, 19:34:55 PMQuote from: HBU on January 04, 2012, 09:36:44 AMIf we're not going to have a train line in the near future and if that train line won't even have a station at Caloundra south, then that development simply should not be allowed to proceed IMHO.It's in the ULDA's hands now.The local populace's representatives, viz. the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, has been bypassed by the State Government.Ain't democracy grand?Regards,Fares_Fair.
Quote from: Stillwater on January 05, 2012, 00:16:44 AMMcArdle makes representation to Ms Palaszczuk, who seeks advice from the ULDA. She prepares UDLA advice as a letter to Mr McArdle. Mr McArdle writes a covering letter to his complaining constituent(s), attaching Minister's letter. Snookered either way.
QuoteUDIA lodges Caloundra South site master plan by: Sam Smallbone, Caloundra Journal From: Quest Newspapers January 06, 2012 12:12PMENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN: Caloundra South's plan includes sustainable measures and energy-efficient building design. Source: Supplied To help residents visualise and understand the biggest and most controversial development to hit the Sunshine Coast, Stockland and the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA) have lodged the Caloundra South site master plan. Stockland submitted the site master plan to the ULDA for review in December.The plan includes a detailed proposal to construct a suburb the size of Gladstone, covering 2310ha of land in the heart of Caloundra. The new suburb would be bordered by areas including Bellvista, Caloundra Conservation Park, Bells Creek Rd in the south and the Bruce Highway in the west, making it Stockland's biggest development on the Sunshine Coast. It is a detailed picture of the location of parklands, community facilities, retail and business centres, residential areas and infrastructure, including roads and public transport. The plan shows that Caloundra South will have regional transport infrastructure and services, public transport routes, cultural and community facilities, nine sport centres, six neighbourhood and district centres, a mixed-use town centre, a central park and about 200km of walking and cycling paths.A Stockland spokesman said Caloundra South would become a community of interconnected villages each with a local hub comprised of community services, retail and schools. "The project is expected to provide more than 20,000 jobs during construction and beyond," the spokesman said. "Business development and employment creation will be underpinned by the provision of industrial and commercial land of approximately 155 hectares, and retail and commercial space of 179,000sq m GFA." At a glance Caloundra South would accommodate more than 50,000 people, with 20,000 new affordable homes in a network of connected villages and include 20 educational facilities.Caloundra South's town centre will provide a retail and recreational destination and the community will be further supported locally by three district centres and six neighbourhood-scale centres," the spokesman said. "Across the site, open space will be connected and feature two regional-scale parkland destinations including nine sport parks." The master plan also specifies how Stockland intends to implement more sustainable measures to reduce dependence on local resources, and use renewable energy sources and energy-efficient building design to limit the impact on the environment. In the past residents have expressed concerns about the impact the project may have on Pumicestone Passage, a popular recreational location in Caloundra. "Given the project's proximity to the Pumicestone Passage and Ramsar-listed wetlands, environmental protection is one of the highest priorities," the Stockland spokesman said. "Stockland has included a 440-hectare conservation precinct known as an environmental protection zone, which will provide significant new habitat and an environmental protection buffer. "Further, substantial corridors along Bells Creek north and south will be re-established and protected."Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle said the 440ha conservation precinct was a "drop in the ocean" when looking at the number of hectares included on the Pumicestone Passage. "Pumicestone Passage is a critical body of water on the Coast and it is the most important area for Caloundra," he said. "At all costs it must be protected." Mr McArdle is pushing for an independent group from the community to monitor the passage and assess the impact Caloundra South may have on the environment in the future. "I think that there is a clear obligation for Stockland to fund an independent body to ensure that the Pumicestone Passage is kept pristine," he said. "The LNP supports the Caloundra South development because we need people, we need jobs and the economic outcomes right here on the coast. However, we need to look outside of this small area and look at the whole of Pumicestone Passage to assess the impacts." As part of the application to the ULDA, Stockland has provided an Integrated Water Management Plan and Conservation Strategy that includes details on the proposed strategies to protect Pumicestone Passage and associated Ramsar wetlands. A ULDA spokesman said Stockland had also lodged a proposal under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999 to undertake development within Caloundra South. "They are currently preparing a Public Environment Report to allow the Federal Government to assess and decide on the proposal," the spokesman said. "No development can proceed until the Federal Government makes its decision under the EPBC Act." The ULDA will now review the Caloundra South master plan and Stockland will undertake community consultation from February, giving local residents the opportunity to provide feedback on the plans. Following the public notification period, the ULDA will review all submissions from the public as part of the decision-making process on the application. To view the Caloundra South development application visit www.ulda.qld.gov.au/dad/devapps.aspx and click on details for Caloundra Downs[\quote]
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