Draft City Plan 2015 is a developers’ dream but a nightmare for the community.
Long term Redlands residents are expressing outrage over “battery style” housing across the City – especially developments on Cleveland-Redland Bay Road just north of the Faith Lutheran College.
Development outcomes of the current planning scheme fail the taste test. Local groups are forming to lobby and contest Council and the State Government on wide ranging issues.
We have Hotspots across the Redlands and the Council wants to allow more of this type of development. The Draft City Plan targets a population increase of 50,000 by 2041.
So why is a 50,000 population increase the underlying assumption of City Plan 2015? Redlands2030 has clarified that this population target is a choice of the current Council. But it doesn’t seem to be what the community wants.
What do the people say?
What are the community’s views on this pivotal issue? When asked about finding room for an extra 50,000 people and 26,000 new homes by 2041 most people say “no…it is too many!”
Polling of the many people visiting Redlands2030’s stall at the Cleveland Markets on Sunday mornings has found that 100 percent want no more than 25,000 more people by 2041. About a third of the respondents would prefer no growth.
Have your say in our poll
What sort of population growth rate do you think Redland City should be planning for. Here’s an opportunity to have your say on the matter.
This is an opt in poll so its results may not be an accurate indication of community views.
City Plan 2015 is out of step with the people
How is it that the Draft City Plan is so far out of step with community attitudes and values?
Evidence of the community’s values is available. In 2005, National Field Services conducted the Redland Shire Community Survey. This showed that Redlanders have clear views about what sort of place they want to live in.
The community has said it does not want a “big Redlands”. Well documented and enduring community values show Redlanders:
- Believe that there are negative consequences to continuing population growth, at even low percentages
- Prefer to retain the area’s semi-rural and rural lands than to develop these lands to create more local jobs
- Prefer improved public transport to commercial and industrial areas outside the Redlands, over industrial development of our wildlife habitats and rural lands
- Are not prepared to accept a decline in koala numbers in order to accommodate more people (Koalas in the wild are already on their last legs!)
- Support limits on the number of dwellings in order to preserve a village atmosphere, the bush, the Bay and the semi-rural landscapes
- Expect Council to conduct public consultation in all important Town Planning decisions and development applications (City Plan 2015 looks to delegate more decisions to officers!)
- Do not support expansion of the urban footprint (the Shoreline development is an ongoing threat to the established Urban footprint)
What exactly did Redlands say, when asked?
The eight questions and the results (from 2005) are:
|1||Redland Shire Council and the State Government should allow the population of the Redlands to increase by nearly 60,000 people, or 50%?||66% did not agree|
|2||We are prepared to accept a decline in koala numbers in order to accommodate more people in the Shire.||82% did not agree|
|3||We should develop our semi-rural and rural lands into industrial areas in order to create more jobs.||81% did not agree|
|4||After the 2004 election, the new Council made changes to the Draft Redlands Planning Scheme (Town Plan) without consulting the community. The changes will bring more development and urban sprawl to the Redlands. Using the same scale, how much do you agree or disagree that Redland Shire Council should always seek public consultation before making important Town Planning decisions on draft plans, development applications, etc?||93% agreed|
|5||An increase of nearly 60,000 people or 50% in the Redlands’ population will negatively affect the lifestyle of existing residents.||73% agreed|
|6||The Council should limit the number of dwellings in the Redlands in order to preserve the Shire’s current village atmosphere, the bush, the Bay and the semi-rural landscapes.||80% agreed|
|7||Wildlife habitats and rural lands should be protected from industrial development by improving public transport to commercial and industrial areas outside the Shire.||89% agreed|
Given the choice, would you rather
(a) have higher buildings up to five storeys in our town centres
(b) expand the urban footprint into the Shire’s semi-rural areas
(c) limit population growth as Noosa Shire has done?
limit population growth
City Plan – out of touch with community values
These 2005 results were resounding. How the authors of the draft City Plan 2015 do not even mention these measures of community values (or any other measures of community attitude) is an astounding omission (of fact). It certainly makes the Draft City Plan 2015 look way out of touch with community values.
This survey of 400 people was conducted by Redlands Community Alliance For Responsible Planning (CARP) ten years ago. Would a new survey yield significantly different results?
Redland City Council had an opportunity to get fresh information about community values while it was preparing the Draft City Plan. Instead, the Council’s City Planning seems to have been informed largely by its discussions with a select group of developers.
It’s a bit like asking foxes if they want chicken for supper.
Remember to have your say in our poll.