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) have already been approved on the Esplanade thus taking the current proposed total to 65 on the foreshore – with more to come
- This overdevelopment will restrict access for the community to the foreshore and Sel Outridge park due to traffic congestion and lack of parking
- A precedent will be set for any foreshore land to have 6 story units regardless of zoning and will destroy the foreshore as we know it
Here is a link to the article.
I would like to provide an update on progress of this proposal to date:
A decision on the 42 unit development on Redland Bay foreshore was due late October but has been postponed with the likely decision date now being late January (through a General Council Meeting).
The positive thing is that the delay is caused by our local Councilor Mark Edwards calling in this proposal (challenged the developer) on the grounds of building height and density. The outcome was that the developer will amend the design in line with “what is more appropriate for the site”.
Things we now need to look out for:
- “what is more appropriate for the site” may have different views for:
- local residents
- the public that use the Esplanade and Sel Outridge Park
- If the new proposal is still impact assessable (non compliant by the code) and an MCU (material change of use), the general public should have the opportunity to view and assess the new proposal and provide submissions as they would with any new proposal
- This should not be left to be a negotiation between the developer and council officers if it is not code assessable
- We need to continually monitor the council progress as it has been made clear to us by Council Planning Officers and our local Councilor that they will not be proactive in keeping us up to date.
I would think that the heightened public interest in protecting this area of the foreshore from high rise development may have had significant impact on the path that this has taken. It is important that the public is kept informed of progress of the approval steps to ensure that their contribution leads to best outcome for all that use the foreshore
Save the Redland Bay Foreshore
I thank all those that have become involved in the Save the Redland Bay Foreshore campaign through social media or on the ground and believe that your efforts have and will make a difference
I don’t believe that there is a place for any foreshore properties to be greater than 3 stories in Redland Bay, regardless of current zoning (there are a few anomalies that have recently been rezoned from medium density residential to allow 5 stories. The properties discussed above are not among these)