BeCA has been forwarded a copy of the the submission local MP Mark McArdle is presenting to the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA) on the Caloundra South Development. It appears below:
SUBMISSION ON DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION 2010/100 BELL VISTA BOULEVARD STAGE 1-6 AND DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION 2010/101 BELL VISTA BOULEVARD STAGE 7-15
Caloundra South UDA
PO Box 2202
Brisbane Qld 4001
Fax: 3024 4199
I, Mark McArdle, State Member for Caloundra wish to make a submission on the above development applications on a number of grounds.
1. ACCESS TO DEVELOPMENT SITE
• Access to the development site, is at this point in time planned to be solely by way of Bell Vista Boulevard. Bell Vista Boulevard is two laned, quite steep, windy and in parts narrow. Bell Vista Boulevard is the only entry and exit point into this area and is used by local residents in travelling to and from the greater Caloundra and Sunshine Coast area. Parents delivering and collecting their children at the commencement and conclusion of each school day, visitors to residents in Bell Vista and a number of other vehicles in relation to goods, services and business needs use it regularly and in many cases more than once per day.
Bell Vista Boulevard commences just south of the roundabout on Caloundra Road. Exiting Caloundra Road, coming from Caloundra itself, you cross into Bell Vista Boulevard by passing across Old Caloundra Road.
The incline then becomes quite steep and continues in a graded manner until the bottom of Bell Vista Boulevard, some 1 to 1.5 kilometres in length.
It is anticipated that all vehicles entering Bell Vista Boulevard will enter through Caloundra Road. This will mean for years, the traffic using Bell Vista Boulevard will increase not just in relation to passenger vehicles, but in relation to heavy vehicles used for, by or in relation to the construction of Bell Vista stages 1 to 6 and 7 to 15. Such vehicles will include double bogeys and the like.
Bell Vista Boulevard is a dangerous road at the best of times. It will mean a number of heavy duty vehicles accessing Bell Vista Boulevard throughout the day and in particular at heavy traffic use times. If a collision or accident occurs, this road would be blocked and the potential exists for emergency vehicles not being able to offer assistance to injured or trapped residents.
Traffic counts ie. number of vehicles using this road, are not sufficient to indicate what should occur. The type of vehicle, the type of road and the volume of vehicles together become critical. I therefore propose;
a) That the ULDA require Stockland, before construction of Bell Vista stages 1 to 6 and 7 to 15, to four lane Bell Vista Boulevard.
b) That the roundabout at Caloundra Road be upgraded and that proper safety measures be put in place given the extreme risk of an accident occurring at the intersection if a plan is not put in place.
c) That the costs associated with both these endeavours be borne by Stockland, and
d) That this be undertaken before construction commences.
2. AFFORDABLE HOUSING
The issue of affordable housing is a vexed one, however Stockland must be able to establish that they can ‘control’ the sale price of the blocks of land in these developments. Bearing in mind that the Government does not own this land, Stockland must be able to explain how such control is to occur and not just in relation to the first sale, but on-sales as well. The Member for Gladstone in a question in Parliament asked the then Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe the following question;
“My question without notice is to the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Minister, already in Gladstone house rentals are increasing significantly. The ULDA-allocated affordable houses do not address the need as they appear to be available to any purchasers, including southern investors, and are not quarantined to low- or fixed-income earners. What is the government doing to ensure low- and fixed-income earners in my electorate are not disadvantaged by housing affordability?”
The Minister in his response referred to market forces. That is exactly the point that I am making. With market forces coming in to play, it is simply impracticable for this development to be maintained as affordable housing, given market forces will always drive prices up.
I propose that before any development begins;
a) Can the ULDA fully explain how they intend to ensure affordable housing, block prices will be achieved and how this affordability will be maintained into the future.
b) Explain how the ULDA can bind Stockland and subsequent vendors to this arrangement.
3. CALOUNDRA AIRPORT
The third issue is the location of housing blocks in proximity to Caloundra Airport. The Government has made it clear that they do not intend to move Caloundra Airport and plans are in place to ensure it continues as an economic hub. Over time the airport will diversify and enlarge its capacity to provide income, jobs, security and new industries to the area.
The proposal by Stockland places building blocks within 90 metres of Caloundra Airport. It is a recipe for anger and frustration, if blocks are allowed to be built that close to the airport and I therefore request that no blocks be built in areas in which aircraft, including helicopters from Caloundra Aerodrome will take off, land or use for training purposes. This needs to be a joint resolution of ULDA and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.
a) Can the ULDA advise what action it will take to ensure the compatibility between these developments and the airport.
Mark McArdle MP
Shadow Health Minister
Member for Caloundra