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 recent post on the Redlands2030 Facebook page.
But the issue of commuter car parking was precluded from discussion by councillors, being a matter that is under the control of the State’s Labor Government.
For the matters which it was able to deal with, the proposed development of a residential apartment complex and a small kiosk, the Council decided to adopt an alternative motion proposed by Cr Tracey Huges which gave the developer a preliminary approval subject to two conditions:
- Provision of extra car parks to cover the needs of visitors to the residential apartments (one visitor car park for every four units)
- Retention of a large gum tree next to the Station which the developer has proposed to remove.
Crs Mitchell, Gollé, Edwards, Elliott, Huges, Talty and Williams voted FOR the motion.
Crs Boglary, Hewlett, Gleeson and Bishop voted AGAINST the motion.
Public presentations about development at Cleveland train station
Presentations about the Cleveland train station project were made by two members of the community which can be viewed on the council’s video recording:
Mr A. Carlton of the Villa Edgewater Body Corporate raised concerns about loss of privacy, removal of trees and lack of parking. His speech commences at 45:25 minutes.
Mr John Derbyshire of Cleveland said that the project was a poorly conceived transit oriented development (TOD) which councillors should not approve. His speech commences at 49:30 minutes.
Cleveland Centre Master Plan
Discussion of the Cleveland train station project established that:
- There is a Cleveland Centre Master Plan, adopted by Redland City Council in 2010, which deals with the nature of development in the Cleveland CBD including issues such as car parking.
- This Master Plan has not been incorporated into the current Redlands Planning Scheme so its provisions do not automatically apply when Council is considering development applications.
- Interestingly, in 2014 the previous Council adopted some elements of the Cleveland Centre Master Plan e.g. building heights in a package of amendments to the current Redlands Planning Scheme. But not the bits that would impose requirements for car parking.
- The Draft City Plan 2015, prepared by the previous Council (which received considerable negative feedback from the community) also did not incorporate the Cleveland Centre Master Plan.
The effect of this cherry picking by the previous council has been to allow development of tall buildings with inadequate car parking in the Cleveland CBD.
Anyone concerned about the way in which Redland City Council deals with its town planning responsibilities should be questioning their local councillor about the non-adoption of the Cleveland Centre Master Plan.
Temporary parking during construction work at the Station
The officers report to Council said up to 78 car parks would be made available at RPAC at the developer’s cost while the train station’s northern car park was unavailable during construction. It became apparent during the Council meeting that details such as providing a safe pedestrian route between the temporary car park at RPAC and the Cleveland train station have not yet been considered in detail.
Mark Robinson (LNP) says more commuter parking needed
Mark Robinson (LNP), state MP for Cleveland, has reiterated his opposition to the project saying that any development on this site should provide much more commuter car parking.
In August 2016 he told State Parliament:
The redevelopment of Cleveland station should have brought much extra commuter parking—that was the original plan—but the very low number has created angst amongst residents who live in the immediate vicinity and those who utilise the station for their daily commute.
My consultations with the community have revealed high levels of objection to this development among nearby residents.
As an opposition MP, Dr Robinson can put forward his community’s views to the Government using methods such as:
- Asking questions in parliament about this project
- Initiating and/or sponsoring parliamentary petitions which oppose a project lacking community support
Mark Robinson’s contact details are:
- Phone: 07 3286 2726
- Email: email@example.com
Don Brown (Labor) says it’s a great return for the taxpayer
Don Brown (Labor), state MP for the neigbouring electorate of Capalaba and a member of the State Labor Government, has expressed his support for the Cleveland train station apartment project saying it would yield a “great return for taxpayers”.
But the economic benefits of this privatisation project have never been explained to the community by the Labor State Government.
As the self styled “de facto member for Cleveland” Don Brown is well placed to receive the views of those in the community who want the State Government do a better job of planning a transit oriented development with substantially improved commuter parking.
Don Brown’s contact details are:
- Phone: 07 3245 6590
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further reading (and viewing):
The proposed Cleveland station development was item 11.2.4 of the meeting minutes which can be downloaded from this Redland City Council webpage.
The discussion of this item can be viewed on the Council’s video recording starting at 104:35 minutes.
Redlands2030 broke the news about this proposed development 12 months ago and has continued to keep the community informed through stories on the Redlands2030 website.
- Cleveland train station development plans – January 2016
- Robinson slams lack of train station parking – August 2016
- Cleveland station approvals on Council agenda – January 2017