New laws for planning and development

The Planning Act 2016 establishes a hierarchy of planning instruments to articulate local and statewide land use policy and sets the foundation for development. State planning instruments are produced by the state and local governments must have regard to when developing their local plans Local planning instruments are “owned” by local governments and collectively guide planning […]

Introducing Queensland’s new planning act

The Queensland Parliament finally passed legislation to replace the  Sustainable Planning Act 2009 with the Planning Act 2016. The new Act addresses a multitude of matters which will impact on communities. Redlands2030 will be producing a series of short articles to help residents and businesses in our city understand the new legislation and its potential impacts. […]

Redlands City Plan needs a strategic framework

All too often people don’t understand the devil in the detail of city planning schemes. Then development applications are submitted which can’t be stopped even though the community considers the proposals to be inappropriate. To help people understand their city’s planning scheme, the document should include a well written Strategic Framework. In State Government guidelines, […]

Koala protection laws on Council’s agenda

Local laws for koala protection will be discussed by Redland City Council on Wednesday. Changes to local laws to improve protection of koalas were instigated in April 2015, 16 months ago. During a series of non-public workshops and general meetings councillors decided to expand identified koala area mapping to include five additional areas where dog […]

Community opposes Alma Street development

Plans for a town house development at 24 Alma Street in Thorneside face continuing community opposition. Despite a reduction in the number of units from twelve to eight, the proposed density of 1 unit per 378m² is less than the 1 per 400m2 probable solution for this area’s zoning. The revised application will be considered […]

Eat Street to eat up Cleveland CBD carparks

Controversial plans for an “Eat Street” type market to operate in the car park behind Cleveland Library will be considered by Redland City Council on 10 August. The proposal is for a number of food and drink outlets to operate from facilities in the Cleveland Library car park for three days each week – Friday […]

Cleveland – it’s now Builders Paradise

Development in Cleveland near Toondah Harbour

May I ask you to join me for a brief stroll? It won’t take long and walking is best right now. We’ll start at the Cleveland Post Office and head East down Middle St. keeping an eye out for cranes. Not the feathered ones, but rather the long necked, metal variety. In just a short […]

Urban hacktivism: getting creative about involving citizens in city planning

Urban and regional planning, as an institutional practice, is increasingly criticised for failing to meet ordinary citizens’ needs. Enter “hacktivism”. Fusing hacking and activism, the term has previously referred to using information technology to achieve political goals. While “hacking” often entails malicious attacks on websites, it has another meaning. Hacking also means innovative problem-solving by […]

Why adopt the Redlands Draft City Plan?

Redlands’ Draft City Plan 2015 is currently undergoing review by recently elected councillors in a series of non-public workshops. During their review process, councillors should be asking themselves this very simple question: Why should we approve the new plan? The current planning scheme, implemented in 2006 by the pro-development Seccombe council, allows ample growth in […]

Recreation settings at Toondah Harbour

The recreation setting at G.J. Walter Park was one of many issues discussed at Redlands2030’s Toondah Harbour Clean Slate Workshop on 5 June 2016. It’s an issue that’s been given little consideration in planning to date for the Toondah Harbour Development Scheme. The impact of the Toondah Scheme will dramatically affect the recreation setting of the […]

“The Rocks” creek crossing at Capalaba

Redlands’ early transport history can be explored at The Rocks Crossing in Capalaba. At John Fredericks Park, just a short walk from Capalaba Regional Park via the path that goes under the busy bridge taking Old Cleveland Road across Tingalpa Creek, you can see where Redlands’ pioneers would ford across Tingalpa creek at low tide until […]

Koalas soon to be extinct in Redlands

After 20 years of buck passing between three levels of Government, Redlands is on the verge of a koala free landscape.  Successive councils, councillors and State and Federal members of parliament can all share in this sad legacy. Yet the community has long argued that koalas are a priority, saying: “Koala habitats are to be […]

Council’s ‘quickie’ raises transparency questions

Redland City Council has developed a way of getting through business at general meetings quick smart with little transparency. Matters requiring approval are discussed beforehand in meetings which are not open to the public and which don’t have publicly available minutes of matters discussed and decisions made. So at general meetings, decisions can be rubber […]

’30-minute city’? Not in my backyard! Smart Cities Plan must let people have their say

  The federal government’s Smart Cities Plan is framed around the “30-minute city”. In this city, journeys will take no more than half an hour, regardless of your location. The recently released plan has significant implications for population, transport provision and land-use intensity in neighbourhoods – the places where people live and how they get […]

Council’s extraordinary Shoreline decision needs a better explanation

We need to talk about Shoreline. Again. Redlands2030 has been trying, with limited success, to get an explanation from the Council administration for an extraordinary decision taken three years ago. We will keep seeking an answer, because the stakes are so high for the future of our city. We need to know what happened inside […]