Concerns raised by Bellvista residents regarding only one road to enter or exit the estate are not confined to this estate. An article appeared (Click Here) on the Sunshine Coast Daily website on a similar concern from the residents of Glenfields when recent heavy rain cut them off from be able to leave their estate. You only have to talk with residents who live on Ridgewood Rd/Winchester Rd who also lack a second exit entry point. Kawana Forest has had a similar situation.
Each of these developments was passed by the relevant Council of the time during planning. It seems the problems we now experience at Bellvista can be traced back to Caloundra Council’s decision not to insist on a dual carriageway into the estate when Bellvista was first planned.
Bellvista Blvd is a SCRC controlled road. When Stockland planned for Bells Reach it was obvious work was required on Bellvista Blvd to accommodate any extra traffic. Traffic studies were undertaken by Stockland and results and recommendations were included in their applications to the ULDA on the Bells Reach development. When BeCA approached Stockland regarding including a possible second entry/exit point, we were told the cost to complete the second roadway entry was estimated at $12,000,000 and way beyond any budget set for the development. The ULDA did not prescribe a second entry/exit to be built in its decision to approve Bells Reach.
It is the role of the planners and authorities to direct any developer on road planning issues. BeCA does repeatedly remind Stockland of the need for a second entry/exit point but before any action can take place the Caloundra South Master Plan needs to be approved by the Federal Government and the ULDA. The decision on an approval (and a possible solution to the second entry/exit road concern) should occur towards the end of 2012 and should include that a second entry/exit road to the estate be built.
An article on page 12 of the Thursday April 5th edition of the Caloundra Weekly (photo above left) sets out some of the issues relating to the recent decision to remove a broken down bus from Bellvista Blvd during peak traffic times. BeCA understands the broken down bus had been sitting there all weekend. The decision to remove the bus during peak time on Bellvista Blvd was ridiculous and caused disruption, frustration and bewilderment to motorists. Click on the photo above for a larger readable view.
On a more positive note, sales at Bells Reach continue. Bells Reach land releases are usually made in groups of about 30 blocks. Currently Stockland are on to their second release. Around 60% of the blocks have been sold or are under contract. The most popular sales are packages under $350,000. 80% of current sales are owner occupied sales.
The second Bells Reach release has fewer small bocks which explains the lift in price on the billboard as you approach the release to around $315,000.
The BeCA Committee will have an informal meeting with Stockland on Wednesday afternoon. Stockland wish to advise BeCA of plans to complete landscaping work along Bellvista Blvd between Dumbarton and Stornaway. BeCA will also provide feedback to Stockland on its Bellvista Blvd priorities to be presented to our ‘new’ Councillor after SCRC Council Elections on April 28th. It is also expected feedback will be supplied on the road changes Stockland were required to make by the ULDA on Bellvista Blvd (new roundabout, designated left turn lane).
Work is continuing on sewerage works involving traffic control on Stornaway Ave. Motorists are advised to consider travelling along Lomond Cres, turning into Balmoral Boulevard and Dumbarton Drive to divert around any possible delay on Stornaway. The Child Minding Centre on Stornaway Ave is nearing completion as well. The photo below shows some of the current sewerage works in Stornaway Avenue. Click on the photo for a larger view.