On Monday 25 May at 5:30 pm there will be a community meeting at the Mooroondu Sport & Recreation Clubhouse, Thorneside to discuss plans for a proposed four storey residential development in Dorsal Drive Birkdale.
The deadline for making submissions about development application MCU013407 is Thursday 28 May.
Development application for Dorsal Drive in Birkdale
A development application has been made to Redland City Council to build 26 apartments, over 4 storeys on a 3,153 m2 site between Birkdale Road and Dorsal Drive at Birkdale. The site is located next to a very important waterway and adjacent to the Aquatic Paradise canal with canal views. The proposal indicates the only vehicle access will be from Dorsal Drive which feeds into the roundabout providing access to the Birkdale Fair shopping centre which contains Woolworths and other retailers.
The site is zoned for medium density housing with a density indicated by Council documents at a minimum of 200 m2 and a three storey limit. The proposal appears to result in a minimum density of 122 m2 per unit and has four storeys.
Residents’ concerns about the proposed development
Local residents are concerned about:
- Size of the development relative to the rest of the neighbourhood
- Impact the apartment block will have on traffic in Dorsal Drive
- Potential removal of Koala habitat trees
- Impact on the important waterway which feeds into the canals, is tidal and mitigates upstream flooding.
- Impact 26 apartments will have on the adjacent sewerage pumping station which has trouble coping during storm events and the impact on the neighbouring property and the amenity of the neighbourhood.
Residents have indicated concensus that they are not against development on the site, so long as it is appropriate for the surrounding neighbourhood.
Community discussion about the proposed development
On Wednesday 20th of May, local Councillor Paul Bishop and local residents coordinated a meeting in Dorsal drive to discuss the proposal and Council’s processes. Approximately 100 residents attended and the general feeling was that everyone objected to the proposal before Council.
A follow-up meeting has been organised with the assistance of Cr Bishop and will be held at 5.30pm on Monday the 25th May at the Mooroondu Sport & Recreation Clubhouse located at Mooroondu Road, Thorneside.
As many residents as possible are asked to attend the meeting on Monday so that they can understand the process and their rights. This is absolutely critical as the deadline for submissions is Thursday the 28th of May.
Anyone making submissions in relation to the Dorsal Drive development application MCU013407 must do so by 28 May 2015.
The recently formed residents committee is preparing a template for a submission in relation to this development application. A copy of the template and other information about making submissions will be made available on the Aquatic Paradise Community website.
Stephen Sharry – 24 May 2015