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 […]

Urban Realities of the Whepstead Precinct

There are pros and cons to the original wide open space design of the Whepstead heritage precinct. The treed leafy nature and wide grassy verged streets appealed when we bought our house (in 1999). At that time criteria included the low density (only 14 houses in Burnett Street at the time and one lot of […]

Infrastructure overrun by the population ponzi

Infrastructure in our major cities is at or over capacity. William Bourke, President of Sustainable Australia Party, claims that this is a politically engineered crisis Australia needs to address by lowering immigration rates. Australia’s rapid population growth NAB Chairman Ken Henry recently stated that Australia’s population is expected to grow by an astonishing 400,000 people every year, […]

Development and heritage in letters to the editor

Residents this week question a proposed development in Thornlands and ask if the new collaboration between UDIA and Council will really result in better design and development outcomes in the Redlands. A descendent of James Willard seeks more information about historic Willard’s Farm, and a local wonders if Redland Bay State School is poised to […]

Redlands, have your say about the regional plan

The State Government’s draft new regional plan Shaping SEQ is a blueprint for ongoing population growth with little thought given to quality of life, adequacy of infrastructure and environmental impacts. READ, PRINT, change if needed, SIGN and SEND the Ready-Made Submission before midnight on Friday 3 March 2017. Redlands should expect its population to increase by 25% from […]

Carbrook’s “mini city” lacks a business case

An application for development of a 1,500 unit riverside ‘mini city’ at Carbrook will soon be considered by the Logan City Council. Local residents have raised significant concerns about the environmental, social and ecological impacts of the development as well as the inadequate consultation process. But what about the business case? The developer’s business case […]

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 […]

Cleveland station approvals on Council agenda

Redland City councillors will discuss plans for development of 124 apartments in the Cleveland station car park at the Council’s first general meeting of the year on Wednesday 25 January. This project was publicly unveiled by Redlands2030 in a story published 12 months ago which pointed out that the project was: sub-optimal use of the […]

Koala strategy and more Ausbuild development

In the last general meeting of 2016 Redland City Council will consider a number of development applications by Ausbuild and other contentious issues including a koala strategy and possible third extension of time for the Mt Cotton chicken poo plant. Items on the agenda include applications by Ausbuild for development of residential dwellings at 399-413 […]

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) […]

Logan River tourism units sidestep regional plan

A proposed tourism accommodation development on the Logan River highlights holes in Queensland’s planning and assessment process. In May 2016 approval was sought for 1,528 residential units (hotel, resort units, apartment  buildings, townhouses and lakeside dwellings); convention centre; retail and child care. This application (MCUI/25/2016) is currently being assessed by Logan City Council. The site […]

Koala rescue, infill parking and council services

Is Redlands Council requiring enough car parking for new infill development? A resounding ‘no’ says one resident who has looked at the impact of this gross underestimate in his neighbourhood. Another local questions whether the high rates we pay are mainly subsidising development rather than providing much needed community facilities when compared to other nearby […]

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, […]

Redland City Council meeting on 7 September

Small lot housing and not granting rates concessions for pensioners in leasehold retirement villages were discussed by Redland City Council at its meeting on 7 September. Here is a link to the minutes. At the time of writing this report, no video recording of the meeting is available. If a video recording is made available […]

Council sells Cleveland car park to LJ Hooker

Redland City Council has sold part of a Cleveland CBD car park  to real estate agents LJ Hooker who will construct their new office on the site. The sale price for the publicly owned 1500 sqm property at 2-16 Wynyard Street has not been disclosed. The property sale was negotiated and managed by the Council’s […]