Redland City Council news – 30 April 2016

Urgently strategic acquisition of land, a back flip on Teak Lane and even more time for Walker Corporation to submit a Weinam Creek proposal were among issues discussed at Redland City Council’s general meeting on 27 April 2016.

Here is a link to the Council’s meeting minutes. You can watch a video of the meeting or listen to an audio recording.

Some matters discussed and decided at the meeting are discussed below:

Rooming accommodation proposal knocked back

4 Wardley Street Capalaba

4 Wardley Street Capalaba

Councillors voted to knock back a proposal for rooming accommodation at 4 Wardley Street in Capalaba.  The development application had been submitted in an attempt to legitimise the current use of this property.

Cr Gleeson spoke strongly against the proposal describing it as an ugly precedent. Other councillors including crs Elliott and Bishop argued for a more flexible approach.

A majority of councillors voted against the officers recommendation to approve development application MCU013558.

Crs Mitchell, Edwards, Elliott, Bishop and Williams voted FOR the motion.

Crs Boglary, Gollè, Hewlett, Huges, Talty and Gleeson voted AGAINST the motion.

The meeting then had to be adjourned because the officers report didn’t set out planning grounds required for a refusal. When the meeting resumed the grounds for refusal were recorded as:

  1. The proposal is in conflict with the Urban Residential zone code because it is out of character in this location and would give rise to unacceptable amenity impacts.
  2. The use is not anticipated by the current planning scheme and is in conflict with the overall outcomes of the urban residential zone code.

Council votes to keep Teak Lane open space

Teak Lane open space area next to Victoria Point Town Centre

Teak Lane open space area next to Victoria Point Town Centre

A majority of councillors supported Cr Hewlett’s motion to keep Teak Lane as open space by asking the State Government for a new lease over this land.

The previous council voted in 2014 to relinquish control to the State, paving the way for an expansion of the Victoria Point Town Centre shopping centre into the nature conservation area which provides a buffer for several residences.

One of the concerned residents, Maria Sealy, addressed the council on this subject during the Public Participation section of the meeting. Her speech can be seen on the video recording of the meeting, starting at 38:00 minutes.

Cr Hewlertt’s motion was carried 6/5.

Crs Boglary, Gollè, Hewlett, Huges, Talty and Gleeson voted FOR the motion.

Crs Mitchell, Edwards, Elliott, Bishop and Williams voted AGAINST the motion.

Items discussed in closed session

Three items were discussed in closed session. Outcomes of these items were:

Weinam Creek (Item 15.3.1)

Council resolved unanimously to give Walker Corporation an extension of time until 1 august 2016 for submission of its Weinam Creek proposal. The officers report on this item (15.3.1) is included in the meeting minutes.

The extension was discussed in a Council news release.

Victoria Point Library (Item 15.2.1)

Council voted unanimously to renew the libary’s lease generally in accordance with a proposal submitted to Council by Victoria Point Lakeside Pty Ltd.

Redland Investment Corporation to acquire land (Item 15.1.1)

In an item of urgent business without notice, councillors voted unanimously to instruct Redland Investment Corporation to strategically acquire land.

Redlands Investment Corporation is instructed to keep councillors informed as valuations are obtained, prior to entering into any contracts to purchase land.

The identity of the land referred is to remains confidential until the acquisitions have been completed.

Public Participation

Many members of the community addressed the council during the Public Participation section of the meeting.
  1. Mrs J Douglass of Cleveland congratulated the new Council and addressed Council in relation to Toondah Harbour Petition.
  2. Mr T Taranto of Cleveland congratulated the new Council and their commitment to work collaboratively.
  3. Mrs P Spence of Birkdale addressed Council in relation to Heritage properties.
  4. Mr R Kelly of Ormiston addressed Council in relation to noise monitoring.
  5. Mrs M Sealy of Victoria Point addressed Council in relation to Teak Lane Conservation Park.
  6. Ms L Wood of Thornlands and spokesperson for CARP addressed Council in relation to RCC Draft City Plan.

These speeches can all be viewed on the video recording of the meeting.

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