Buddina Beachfront Residential - The Future?

The Buddina beachfront properties adjoining Pacific Boulevard include varying building heights, predominantly zoned 8.5m residential and predominately sited on primary / frontal dune and located in the State declared erosion prone area.  We need to be vigilant and ensure rezoning and height is not increased in future modifications to the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme. 

Decisions about coastal development should take appropriate account of the predicted effects of climate change, including sea level rise.

State Planning Policy

State Planning Policy 2018 (SPP) expresses the State’s interests in land use planning and development.  The State interest in natural hazards, risk and resilience identifies that the risks associated with natural hazards, including the projected impacts of climate change, are avoided or mitigated to protect people and property and enhance the community’s resilience to natural hazards.


The Assessment benchmarks include performance outcomes that apply to development applications, to the extent the SPP has not been identified in a local planning instrument as being appropriately integrated.


SPP assessment benchmark 3 on page 52 refers to development in an erosion prone area outside the coastal management district, which states (on page 52)

Development … avoids natural hazard areas, or where it is not possible to avoid the natural hazard area, development mitigates the risks to people and property to an acceptable or tolerable level.

See RESOURCES section for access to the State Planning Policy 2018.

State declared erosion prone area

All development along Pacific Blvd at Buddina MUST consider the State Interest in risks associated with natural hazards, including the projected impacts of climate change.  The State declared erosion prone area at Buddina is 175m from the highest astronomical tide (HAT), mapped in accordance with the Coastal Protection and Management Act 1994.

Natural Hazards Guidance Material

State Planning Policy – state interest guidance material Natural hazards, risks and resilience – Coastal hazards, dated May 2018 provides the appropriate guidance to Council regarding development and redevelopment in the State declared erosion prone area.  The SPP assessment benchmark 3 is repeated in the guidance material on page 26 and provides further instruction on pages 26-27​.

See RESOURCES for access to the State Interest guidance material … Coastal Hazards 2018

Coastal Mapping - State Interest

Reference to the State Development Assessment Mapping System indicates the declared erosion prone area along Buddina beach extends inland and identifies the close proximity to both the medium and high storm inundation areas. 

The Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme, Kawana Waters coastal protection overlay map indicates the coastal protection area – this replicates the State mapping of the declared erosion prone area.

Based on Smartline geomorphology data, Pacific Blvd is adjacent to beachfront identified as dominantly sandy shores and very high erodibility with the exception of the far northern section at Pt Cartwright which is identified as dominantly hard rock shores and low erodibility.

See RESOURCES for more information


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