Grand View decision – community reaction

Banyan tree next to the Grand View Hotel

Councillors recently approved development of 33 apartments on a site next to the Grand View hotel even though the proposed buildings exceeded the area’s height limit and will require felling of two koala trees in an area known to be inhabited by many koalas. In reaction to this decision one letter to Redlands2030 asks why […]

What about liveability in Whepstead precinct?

Urban consolidation adversely impacts liveability by increasing noise, and is the biggest concern and impact. Noise affects both amenity and health. It comes from a range of sources including ongoing new construction or renovation, dogs and peak dog walking hour, peak hour train traffic, air conditioners, pool pumps and garden appliances. Previous articles aspects of […]

City Plan approved with ‘surprise’ amendment

A raft of changes to the draft Redland City Plan were approved at a special meeting of Redland City Council on Tuesday 28 February. During the meeting Mayor Karen Williams talked often about the eighty twenty rule without ever explaining what it meant. Following a significant amendment which ensured that tree clearing in rural areas […]

Why rush to approve a half-baked city plan?

After months of post election wrangling over the proposed new Redlands Planning Scheme Mayor Karen Williams has ambushed councillors and the community by calling for the new City Plan to be approved at a short notice special meeting tomorrow. Councillors have indicated that they were expecting proposed amendments to the Draft City Plan 2015 at […]

Treetop training centre on Council agenda

Plans for development of a treetop training centre in Victoria Point will be considered by Redland City Council at its next general meeting on Wednesday 22 February 2017. The proposal was discussed by Redlands2030 in a post published on 18 March 2016 when the development application was advertised. Treetop training centre planned for Victoria Point […]

Council’s agenda to increase building costs

The agenda for Redland City Council’s meeting on 8 February is remarkably empty, raising questions about the many important issues which councillors are not discussing in front of the community. Building certification fees to rise Apart from routine noting of routine reports the only agenda item scheduled for discussion publicly is a proposal to increase […]

Cleveland station needs parking not apartments

Plans for development of a mainly residential project in the northern car park of the Cleveland train station were considered at Redland City Council’s meeting on 25 January. Most councillors recognised that the community was unhappy with the proposed development’s inadequate provisions for commuter car parking. Community views were clearly expressed as comments to a […]

Letters about development in the Redlands

Letters this week focus on Redlands’ woeful infrastructure planning and impacts of the proposed Toondah Harbour mega development. Possible consequences of the new Mt Cotton hard rock quarry on the health of locals – particularly children – are also discussed. A letter from an informed resident questions why dust emissions and plumes from hard rock […]

Koala Protection Act? …”yes please”!

Redlands2030 welcomed Australian Koala Foundation representative Douglas Kerlin to their monthly discussion group. His frank and insightful presentation about the plight of koalas in Redlands, Queensland and across Australia was not only interesting …but sadly alarming.  Australia’s best known “ambassador” is in deep trouble. Douglas is the Chief Ecologist with the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) […]

Fernbourne Road development application

The leafy streets and relaxed lifestyle of Wellington Point is under threat, according to a growing number of angry and concerned locals.  They are concerned about an application to build a 5 storey complex of 41 apartments at 7-11 Fernbourne Road in Wellington Point. Using the magic of Queensland’s performance based planning system and the […]

Council backs away from kindergarten land deal

Kindergarten

Land tenure for the St James Kindergarten playground in John Street Cleveland will be discussed at Redland City Council’s meeting on Wednesday 23 November. It appears the Council is backtracking from its “in principle” decision on 27 January 2016 (Item 12.1 Mayoral Minute) to negotiate a “lease to purchase” deal with the Lutheran Church who […]

UPDATE: Redland Bay six story buildings

On 25th September I published an article  “Going up – six storey buildings in Redland Bay’” describing a proposal for a 42 unit 6 story apartment building on the foreshore at Redland Bay. A brief summary: The 42 unit tower exceeds the town plan by 3 stories and greatly exceeds density 22 units (5 story) […]

Councillors comment on making a new City Plan

Community reactions to the Draft Redlands City Plan 2015 are clear and consistent. With 6,400 submissions Redlands’ response was ten times greater than that of the Gold Coast City (on a per capita basis). Community concerns included risks to lifestyle, livability and quality of life through traffic congestion, small lot development, medium and high rise […]

Open for business or just more development?

Coming home to roost

All too often,  proposed new residential developments in Redlands are upsetting local communities when project plans go well beyond the expectations or experience of existing residents. Development outcomes are being promoted which are beyond the layman’s interpretation of the planning scheme and people feel that higher density developments threaten their quality of life and our […]

Going up – six storey buildings in Redland Bay

Plans to develop a six storey apartment complex near the Redland Bay coastal foreshore will soon be considered by Redland City Council. Development application MCU 013483 proposes to construct 42 apartment units on a site between Sel Outridge Park and the Redland Bay Hotel, at 18 Hamilton Street and corner Peel Street and the Esplanade, […]