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Airport stands in way of Bellvista
Bill Hoffman | 5th October 2010
MAYOR Bob Abbot has told Planning Minister Stirling Hinchliffe that stage two of the Bellvista subdivision at Caloundra would be impacted by the decision to retain the town’s airport.
That and other issues needed to be resolved, Mr Abbot said, before a final decision on the development application could be made.
Mr Hinchliffe has threatened to call in the application.
“I told him that whether he or us resolved the issues was up to him,” Mr Abbot said.
The mayor, his planning chief Warren Bunker and acting CEO Greg Laverty met Mr Hinchliffe late Friday to discuss the issues surrounding Bellvista, Caloundra South and the Maroochydore town centre structure plans.
Council has been reluctant to approve another urban subdivision that would be impacted by airport noise with planning portfolio head Russell Green previously saying if the airport stayed the Bellvista development could not be approved.
Mr Abbot’s council has come in for heavy criticism from Mr Hinchliffe over perceived delays in completing planning for greenfield areas identified under the state’s so-called Affordable Housing Strategy.
The mayor said he pointed out to the minister that of the nine areas identified under the strategy the three on the Sunshine Coast had all progressed to the point of a second state interest check.
Only two schemes, one at Coomera and the other at Palmview, have actually made it to the minister with the Sunshine Coast (Palmview) the only one with an accompanying infrastructure agreement.
Mr Abbot said he was uncertain what was driving the criticism levelled at his council given the amount of work councillors and staff had put into meeting the state’s demands.
“Maybe they think we are pushing the boundaries through our insistence on infrastructure agreements,” he said.
“But I have a letter from Michael Hopkins (Investa) expressing happiness with the process and I showed that to the minister.
“We challenge the system. We stick to the process and where we have thought we could not meet the timelines we have contacted them and asked for extensions.”
Mr Abbot said the decision to retain Caloundra aerodrome would mean new accommodation would have to be found for the commercial and industrial development that was to occur there.
He said Caloundra South already had a significant business centre and the intent was to keep any other growth connected to the central Caloundra business centre.
That could mean the redevelopment of existing industrial land off Caloundra Road.
Mr Abbot said council was working with Queensland Treasury and the government to develop a financial model for the potential purchase and relocation of Horton Park Golf Course.