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ESPLANADE HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT TO GET THE GREEN LIGHT BY FC COUNCIL MAYOR

February 18th, 2013

DEVELOPERS TO GET SOME BETTER VALUE WITH HIGHER DENSITY

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell and president of the Fraser Coast branch of the Urban Development Institute Association Ward Veitch look over the draft Fraser Coast Planning Scheme which has been released for comment.

THE new draft planning scheme unveiled on Monday by the council could create “robust discussion,” as it allows higher -density development on the Charlton Esplanade.
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Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell admitted there would be some in the community who would not like the new scheme, but said that was why there was a public consultation on the plan until Friday, April 12.

Under the scheme, land along the Esplanade from Pilot St in Urangan to Beach Rd in Pialba has been included in the high density residential zone.

A height of up to 20m is anticipated, rising to 26m in the high density residential precincts.

Cr O’Connell said it was important to note there were a number of conditions that would have to be met before any such development could occur, so it was not as if developers could just take a block of land on the Esplanade and start working.

The Mayor said he expected there would be “robust discussion” about this point.
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Other key changes include outbuildings on vacant land, subdivisions and overlays which deal with heritage and neighbourhood character, flood hazards, coastal protection, biodiversity, waterways and wetlands.

After the public consultation period, the council will consider all properly made submissions and advise each submitter of its response to the issues that have been raised.

The council then advises the Minister of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning if it intends to proceed with the draft planning scheme and, if so, with any modifications.

If the Minister approves the draft scheme, it is anticipated that the Fraser Coast Planning Scheme and planning scheme policies will be adopted and implemented in mid-2013.
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