Several members of the Bellvista Community Association met with Stockland’s Mark Stephens and Troy Wainwright on Tuesday afternoon (March 1st) to discuss issues relating to the Bellvista 2 development.
Discussion began with BeCA raising its concerns over the closeness of the proposed development to the Caloundra Airport and ramifications for land buyers. Stockland has carried out numerous studies on noise concerns and have come to the conclusion that living in the new area could be similar in noise to living beside a busy road. However this would only apply to some of the development.
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It was felt that the Caloundra South development would not be impacted by the operational activities of the aerodrome.
It was believed the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA) is aware of the new development/airport situation and they would be stipulating any conditions of approval over the Bellvista 2 site.
The ULDA has requested further information on Bellvista2 and Stockland are in the process of providing that information. The next step is for Public Comment to be heard on the development. This website will alert residents when the Public Comment stage of the development is reached. The ULDA has setup an information office near Mark McArdle’s office in Bulcock St Caloundra to which residents should direct their enquiries regarding the Caloundra South Development.
If all goes ahead according to plan, Stockland expects it is possible the first sod of dirt could be turned sometime in July 2011. Stockland would be extremely surprised if construction hadn’t commenced by Christmas 2011 on a worst case scenario.
Stockland has been buoyed by the improvement noted in land sales on the Gold Coast as well as the movement in top end sales here on the Sunshine Coast and are confident of strong demand when the first lots are available for release. BeCA remarked that despite recent heavy rains and poor weather the Bellvista estate had not suffered any floods etc. and this too would be an attraction for home buyers.
Stockland is extremely aware of the concern Bellvista residents have regarding heavy construction vehicle access to the proposed development along Bellvista Blvd. A new 60 metre left hand turn lane will be added to Bellvista Blvd at the intersection with Caloundra Rd prior to the first lots being completed at Bellvista2. Stockland’s studies indicate this would help to solve the current traffic congestion problem at this intersection during school drop off and pick up times. They are also investigating other avenues for heavy construction vehicle access to the development and may require permission from other authorities to provide this access. Nothing certain is in place just yet.
Stockland has vowed to do their best to keep heavy construction vehicle access along Bellvista Blvd to a minimum but admit there may be occasions when some resident discomfort is unavoidable.
Stockland has already committed to giving a presentation to Bellvista residents at the May Public Meeting (May 9th) and answering all questions.
Stockland is extremely keen to work with Bellvista residents and Unity College students in further planning of the new development. Resident and student input will be sought on a name for the new development as well as planning for amenities and equipment for the parks in the new area. Stockland is keen that the needs of the community are addressed. Therefore the new parks will have suitable playground equipment for all age groups, will be designed to accommodate necessary infrastructure and amenities. It is possible things such as skateboard areas and murals could be included if that was what the community sought.
1/ There is no new school planned for the Bellvista2 development. New schools are expected in the early stages of the Caloundra South development. Questions such as this one are best directed to the ULDA Information Office in Bulcock St.
2/ Stockland is looking to sell the site at the intersection between Minker Rd and Lomond Crescent as a Child Care Centre. Studies indicate that once Bellvista2 is completed the total new estate area will require two Child Care Centres. Stockland now own Bellcarra Retirement resort which adjoins the proposed site.
3/ It is intended that BeCA will remain as the one “Community Association” for the two Bellvista developments.
4/ Naming the major Bellvista park Canavan/Gracie Park has hit a snag. Stockland owns several areas of the parklands (Land Sales Office, tennis court, carpark area and some surrounding parklands) and this has created some administrative complications. However this complication is expected to be removed during negotiations between the ULDA and the SCRC before Bellvista2 is finally approved.