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 […]

‘Missed’ dredging costs put Council into deficit

Redland City Council “missed” two significant items of dredging expenditure from its 2016/17 budget according to Chief Executive Officer Bill Lyon. Councillors approved extra expenditure of $920,600 for dredging the Raby Bay eastern channel at their meeting on 24 August. The work is regarded by Council as urgent, to allow continuous access to the bay […]

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 […]

Donald Simpson Centre building plans queried

Plans for a ‘community hub’ now threaten to dwarf the Donald Simpson Centre in Cleveland and may involve development on neighbouring parkland. Donald Simpson Centre opened in 1987 to provide social, intellectual and physical activities for the seniors of the Redlands community. It has thrived at its Bloomfield Street location and is a popular meeting place with […]

Robinson slams lack of train station parking

Plans to construct 124 apartments in the northern car park of Cleveland train station will no longer have the support of State MP for Cleveland Dr Mark Robinson. In a speech to Parliament on 18 August the LNP backbencher accused Labor of stealing car parks from his electorate. “Tonight I announce that I am withdrawing […]

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 […]