Concerns about Ausbuild’s proposed development in Wrightson Road Thornlands were voiced at the last Redland City Council meeting.
Spokesperson Daniel Kohler addressed the Council and mentioned a number of concerns including traffic impacts on Rushwood Estate residents.
He also pointed out that the proposed new housing estate was a mere 220m from the closest poultry operation, This is 280m less than the distance required by Council’s policy .
Ausbuild’s proposal (ROL005873) is for a reconfiguration of one lot into 43 lots, over two stages. The property address is 34-41 Wrightson Road, Thornlands. Information is available at PD Online.
Here is a link to a report on this issue in the Redland City Bulletin.
The text of Daniel Kohler’s address to Council is reproduced below with the kind permission of Mr Kohler
Address by Daniel Kohler to Redland City Council
We the residents of Rushwood Estate are not against development per se, especially for land zoned for its purpose such as the subject site.
However…Rushwood residents can ALL vouch that through “Due Diligence” prior to purchasing dwellings in this estate, information was verified that through Council sources whether it be through phone calls, enquiries at front desk, or furthermore through meetings with Councillors at the time, that Rushwood residents are hugely concerned about property values, children safety, noise, congestion and current infrastructure to accommodate any future expansion.
To our understanding the Kinross Master Plan approved in 2012 by Minister Paul Lucas, along with approx 70 recommendations stated that if Goddard Rd was an unsuitable entry and exit point, then the only other suitable entry/exit point was to be South of Millner Place. Although Rushwood Estate is part of the Kinross Master Plan it is cross hatched out of the Kinross Development Plan, and as such should not be used as an access point to an estate that is not in accordance with proposed sequential development planning. We question the unraveling of Ministerial processes. If this is the case surely this could not constitute a code assessable application.
The residents of Rushwood Estate have engaged their own independent consultants to provide legal, odour and traffic responses to the applicants reports.
We remind Council as we did in Monday’s meeting that the acceptance of this proposal in its current format would question the weight of the current reports. The Rushwood community are prepared to invest into appropriate resources to review the integrity of each and every report that is submitted.
We commend Council on instructing the peer review for the reverse amenity study. However as discussed at the Council meeting on Monday, we highly recommend a peer review on traffic management also. Furthermore we also hope that if future development applications facing west to Kinross Road are ever lodged, they are reviewed and evaluated using QLD based best practices for odour analysis, which would indicate a full 12 months of odour sampling, a large sample of residents surveyed and the use of industry based respected and acknowledge practices and papers. Evidently Council did allocate a lot of resources into defending agricultural and residential setbacks in a case “Fiteni V Redland Council” only some time ago.
The boundary of the subject site lies a mere 220m from the closest poultry operation. This is 280m shy from Council’s own policy on agricultural and setback recommendations without the appropriate studies in place.
Council would have to answer how they could stop the future potential “rat running” which this development, and subsequent future developments would link into through the use of Caldwell Close and Whitby Place. Not to mention once development connects to Kinross Rd, the now existing estates would also have access to this thoroughfare.
Any smart master planning would give consideration and foresight into well engineered and well planned sequential land development throughout the Masterplan Kinross Estate.
We will be seeking public decision in relation to this matter at Council’s general meeting on the 17th June.
Should it be determined that Council has not applied diligent process to this matter, residents will be seeking to provide wider community and public interest.
Daniel Kohler – 3 June 2015