BeCA representatives were invited to meet with Stockland. The purpose of the meeting was to inform BeCA and the local community about the Bellvista2 development and to seek feedback on issues associated with the construction and planning of the new development.
Stockland is aiming to submit its plans to Council in the next two weeks. Any Bellvista2 construction activity is still some time away.
Bellvista 2 will be made up of approximately 750 units or “dwellings”. Bellvista2 is to be developed in several stages and is to be built on land to the east of the recently extended Bellvista Blvd (south from Dumbarton Ave) to beyond the current Unity College playing fields. Bellvista Blvd itself is to be further extended. The site will then continue to the south of Unity College and then to the west of the school. There will be a minimum of 15 lots per hectare which is the required minimum density as set out in the South East Queensland Regional Plan. Some areas closer to the airport may have increased density to support the re-developed aerodrome site, if Council makes a decision to relocate or close it. Block sizes will range from over 600 sq m to a handful at 183 sq m. The smaller lots will be located at strategically appropriate places. These very small blocks would mean a house and land could be built for under $300,000 thus satisfying a requirement for “affordable housing”. There will be several Medium Density (Villas, units) developments. Three park areas are to be included in the development.
It has been decided not to include another commercial area in Bellvista2 as the current Bellvista Shopping Village construction is a major development which is substantial enough to serve the whole estate. A smaller commercial development area would not be viable.
A sensitive issue for BeCA and Bellvista residents was that of access to and from Bellvista and Bellvista2. Stockland does not play a role in the Caloundra Airport debate. However further access to and from Bellvista would be provided via Bellvista Blvd to the south should the airport be closed.
Traffic congestion, especially between school drop-off and pickup times on Bellvista Blvd, is a major concern of residents. Bellvista Blvd is a road currently under the control of SCRC while Caloundra Rd is under the control of state government’s Main Roads. Stockland has carried out extensive modeling on the current usage of Bellvista Blvd as well as future usage up until 2024, factoring in Unity College reaching full potential and Bellvista2 being completed. Duplicating Bellvista Blvd would not solve the congestion problem according to these studies.
The congestion problem is caused by the roundabout at the junction of Bellvista Blvd and Caloundra Rd. Modeling indicates the required traffic movement standard from now and up until 2024 would be best achieved by adding a dedicated 60m left turn only lane in Bellvista Blvd into the intersection with Caloundra Rd. To further improve Caloundra Rd traffic flow eastwards, the roundabout could be remodeled to ensure there was a continuous through traffic lane available to traffic heading east into the roundabout along Caloundra Rd towards Caloundra.
The placement of traffic lights at the Bellvista Blvd Caloundra Rd intersection is another alternative but most likely not be supported by Main Roads. This would raise the dangerous issue of trucks being forced to brake heavily down the hill from Sugarbag Rd.
BeCA noted that should the Caloundra Airport be closed and other access to the estate became available via Bellvista Blvd, the congestion problems associated with the Bellvista Blvd and Caloundra Rd intersection would cease to exist.
BeCA then raised the issue of heavy trucks using Bellvista Blvd during Bellvista2 construction. It was suggested that where possible, deliveries would be made outside Bellvista Blvd peak times. The condition of Bellvista Blvd was also mentioned with some areas appear to be breaking up after heavy rains. This would then be a SCRC issue as Bellvista Blvd maintenance is controlled by SCRC.
BeCA believes the issue of the heavy trucks using Bellvista Blvd during Bellvista2 construction will be significant for all Bellvista residents and would require strict control by Stockland.