Yesterday evening Cr Wendy Boglary discussed the new planning scheme with residents from Ormiston. About 40 people attended the public meeting held at the Redlands softball grounds.
Issues discussed included the process for developing the new planning scheme to be known as City Plan 2015. It is expected that the new scheme which will determine exactly what kinds of development can be built on each and every block of land in Redland City will be available for public review soon.
Other issues discussed included the Shoreline proposal for a massive housing development which does not comply with the current city planning scheme.
The current controversy over plans by Fiteni Homes to remove over 20 mature gum trees from a site at Wellington Street Ormiston was the subject of some heated conversation. There was a clear consensus that the current council majority is not acting in the public interest to preserve the amenity of the Redlands.
Councillor Boglary told residents that a report about the approval process for this development would be presented to Council at its next meeting on 12 November. Council meetings which commence at 9:30 am public and residents are welcome to observe the proceedings.
Local laws discussed
Concerned residents canvassed possible actions including a change to the City’s local laws on vegetation protection. Today is the deadline for submissions about a range of changes to Redland City’s local laws.
It was pointed out to residents that while the current council majority has much to answer for, the LNP Government is also contributed to the problems. Its recent changes to planning legislation are clearly skewed in favour of land developers and the community’s rights to object have been severely curtailed. This issue was discussed in the Redlands2030 submission on planning bills.
Tracey Huges, Labor Party candidate for the seat of Cleveland at the next State election, attended the meeting and expressed her concern at the lack of action by the current Government to protect koalas in the Redlands.