Artists impression of Apartments
School pickup activity in vicinity
Proposed Development on Talinga Street
We're standing up collectively and united as a small community and challenging the decision of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council on 30th April to approve the development of a 7 storey, 21 metre high-rise consisting of 73 apartments, a shop and 188 car parking spaces (MCU18/0190).
LIST OF ISSUES
Environmental Impacts - Biodiversity
Buddina beach provides one of the most important nesting habitats on the Sunshine Coast for the endangered loggerhead turtles, typically recording the highest number of confirmed nests. The nesting habitat extends the full length of Buddina beach.
Research informs us that artificial light is known to deter nesting turtles and brightly lit beaches discourage adult female turtles emerging from the ocean to nest onshore. In addition, lighting can negatively impact hatchling sea-finding, causing disorientation and higher likelihood of consequent mortality.
Lighting impacts are cumulative; accumulated impacts of artificial light on marine turtle nesting habitat and hatchling orientation identified in scientific research reference distances measured in kilometres, not metres.
Loggerhead turtles are listed as endangered - as a Matter of State Environmental Significance, the State Planning Policy must be considered.
84 submissions opposing the development were received by Council; many highlighting significant areas of noncompliance with several codes in the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014 and 2 Matters of State Interest. A petition signed by 1,016 residents was also presented to Council requesting the development be rejected on the grounds it did not comply. Council disregarded many community concerns although 74 conditions (some with multiple elements) were added to the development approval to reduce the extent of non-compliance. Through an appeal process between the developers and Council, these approval conditions may be diluted in favour of the developer.
Coastal Protection Overlay Code
Council’s Coastal protection overlay code is informed by a superseded version of the State Planning Policy however, it does reference the requirement for development to “take appropriate account of the predicted effects of climate change, including sea level rise” and also requires that development within an erosion prone area avoids:
Intensification of existing uses;
New permanent built structures; and
Seaward extensions to existing built structures
Impacts on local Traffic
Current traffic volumes are high and delays are experienced on local roads around Kawana shopping centre, particularly during peak hours and school pick-up and drop-off times. The Traffic Impact Assessment presented as part of the development application reflects a lesser impact than the current experiences by the Community. How? The surrounding road network and the potential for traffic and pedestrian incidents, given the proximity to the Buddina Primary school, require detailed assessment using current data.
Compliance - Planning Scheme Codes
Benchmarks for residential amenity require adequate consideration. The High density residential zone code requires development states that there is to be no unreasonable loss of amenity for surrounding premises – including matters relating to the extent and duration of any overshadowing; privacy and overlooking impacts upon views and vistas; and building massing and scale relative to its surroundings.
The Multi-unit residential uses code also considers building massing and scale in terms of site density, building width and setbacks.
Does the development raise any significant issues that cannot be addressed by reasonable and relevant conditions? Do the 74 conditions imposed on the development approval achieve compliance? Will compliance be achieved when these conditions are further negotiated and potentially diluted in favour of the developers?
Coastal Hazard and Sustainability
State declared erosion prone area - The risks associated with natural hazards, including the projected impacts of climate change are relevant to the site which is located on a primary / frontal dune, approximately 30m from the beach, 45m from the highest astronomical tide and 100% in the State declared erosion prone area.
The development will intensify the existing use by intensification of the existing footprint in excess of 1,000%; it includes new permanent built structures, and is situated seaward of existing built structures.
This development is neither critical infrastructure nor coastal dependent infrastructure, the development CAN be located elsewhere, outside the natural hazard area.
The development site is located on land that was recommended for resumption by the Beach Protection Authority.