BeCA has been interested in gaining the use of the old Land Sales Office as a community facility for some time. Under the original planning between Lensworth and Caloundra Council, no provision was included for a community facility within any plans. This has now changed. New planning guidelines insist developers such as Stockland make provision for community facilities within planning submissions.
In the current plans for Bells Reach there is provision for a “community facility” to the east of the current worksite (near the airport runway) or to the south east. Stockland has previously unofficially offered the old Land Sales Office in Canavan Gracie Recreational Park as a Community facility in lieu of the site and future building in the new development. The old Land Sales Office is well placed near the ‘centre’ of the two estates and near Bellvista Market Place and would be an ideal site for such a facility.
Today’s (Tuesday) meeting between Stockland, Cr Baberowski and BeCA was to formalize a process which could see the old Land Sales Office pass on to SCRC and in turn onto BeCA to manage in lieu of the designated community facility at Bells Reach.
The old Land Sales Office was not designed as a community facility. Therefore it may not satisfy the criteria which SCRC sets down for all community facilities. There may be a need for modifications to occur to bring it into line with SCRC’s current community facility requirements.
Stockland would only be interested in passing on the current building if that then means it does not have to complete the facility as required by the ULDA in its approval of Bells Reach and any costs to bring the Old Land Sales Office up to requirements are within reason.
The first step is for both SCRC and BeCA to express to Stockland in writing that both parties are interested in obtaining the old Land Sales Office. Stockland will then make application to the ULDA to have its requirement to build a Community Facility at Bells Reach removed in lieu of the proposal.
While this is in process, Stockland and SCRC Facilities need to meet to ensure the old Land Sales Office can be brought up to repair so it meets all SCRC requirements at Stockland’s expense. The tennis court area would also require being brought up to an acceptable standard of repair.
Finally, costs which Stockland would incur in bringing the current facilities up to standard would need to be financially agreeable, (i.e. they would not incur greater costs than building a new facility after selling the old Land Sales Office).
A possible timeline for this process could be anything from 6 to 12 months.
BeCA has already formulated a letter to Stockland expressing its interest in having the old Land Sales Office become a community asset.