City Plan 2015
Scuttlebutt around Bloomfield Street is that the State Government has finally advised the Redland City Council that its draft City Plan 2015 can be put forward for community consultation. It is understood that this will be discussed at a Special Meeting on Thursday 3 September.
Councils can decide how long the community consultation period will be provided that it is at least six weeks. For a complex new planning scheme six weeks would be quite inadequate. Councils such as Logan, Brisbane and Rockhampton have shown respect to their communities by giving them a significantly longer time period to review draft planning schemes.
It will be very interesting to see how the Redland City Council proposes to deal with its community.
Meeting on 26 August
Redland City Council Meeting had a general meeting on 26 August 2015.
Some of the matters discussed at the meeting are detailed below.
Council to investigate lower fees for markets
Council resolved to “investigate options to either reduce or eliminate fees and charges for event organisers using Council’s parks for events which benefit the greater local community both economically and socially”.
This item was the subject of a report by the Bulletin.
Council to investigate use of Community Panels
The Council unanimously resolved to ask “the Chief Executive Officer to have a report prepared on best practices in local government around the world on the use and application of community panels as reference, advisory and/or review groups.”
The report is to be “brought back to Council for a workshop in November 2015 for guidance and direction prior to final report being considered by Council.”
More information is available in this report by the Bulletin.
Assessment of Commonwealth land in Birkdale
Redland City Council is currently considering the idea of securing a large parcel of land in Birkdale. According to the Council’s latest Wise Planning and Design article:
The potential acquisition of approximately 100 hectares of Commonwealth land at Birkdale offers a rare and significant opportunity for Redlands residents. Strategically located between the Capalaba central business district and Birkdale district centre, with direct access to key urban infrastructure networks, this land has the potential to add valuable land to our City, for a range of uses.
Quite sensibly, the Council has engaged a consultant (Urbis) to do a “comprehensive investigation of the opportunities and constraints affecting the site”.
Councillor Paul Bishop proposed that Council engage an expert to peer review the Urbis Report, pointing out that Council does not appear to have sufficient internal expertise to assess advice on heritage issues.
While the motion was unsuccessful, the discussion was interesting and provided useful insight into the modus operendi and dynamics of the current Council including Mayor Williams having a gavel moment. Discussion of this item starts at 33:0 minutes on the video recording.
Willards Farm Heritage assessment
The State Government has decided to recommend to the Heritage Council that Willards Farm be listed on the State Heritage Register. The Government has also published all of the submissions.
The submission by McCullough Robertson lawyers for the developer (Floreau) notes that on 11 August Floreau met with Mayor Karen Williams, Cr Julie Talty and two officers and recounts that:
During that meeting, the representatives of Council expressed their sympathy to Floreau’s position. Mayor Williams made reference to the most recent local heritage study carried out by Council which had not resulted in the listing of the Property in the Local Register, and confirmed that Council’s view remained that the Property was not justified for entry in the Local Register. Options for the relocation of the farmhouse on the property to other suitable sites were also discussed to appease local residents.
The submissions included a letter from Redland City Council’s Acting Group Manager City Planning and Assessment which stated that: “Council does not intend to make a formal submission regarding whether or not the subject land should be included on the Queensland Heritage Register.”