'Stabbed in the back': Council decision enrages Coast family

Surfrider Place resident Scott Brown says Sunshine Coast Council approval of a new development contradicts the reasons his own development application was refused.
Surfrider Place resident Scott Brown says Sunshine Coast Council approval of a new development contradicts the reasons his own development application was refused. Patrick Woods

A COAST couple's development rejection has turned to rage after the council approved a much bigger building even closer to Sunshine Coast Airport.

Scott and Luisa Brown knew they were taking a gamble when they applied to subdivide their 2894sqm Surfrider Place block at Mudjimba.

Their plans were ultimately rejected by Sunshine Coast Councillors at last month's meeting.

The land's inclusion at the edge of a restricted development zone was among the reasons.

Councillors did not want to set a precedent for further challenges to the zoning.

Mr and Mrs Brown didn't like the decision but they accepted it.

But the council's approval of a new multimillion-dollar development directly across the road from the airport has infuriated them.

The Shores development was given the go-ahead this week to build 33 new homes, a 114-room hotel resort and 144-bed aged care facility next to the Surf Air Resort on David Low Way at Marcoola.

"When you find out this thing is going ahead it is a bit of a stab in the back," Mr Brown said.

His wife said it appeared the amount the council would make from fees associated with the small and large developments had been a deciding factor.

"That to me is what it has come down to," Mrs Brown said.

"I was willing to accept the decision and the money we gambled and lost had the decision been fair, however, now that I see this I am seriously questioning the honesty and integrity of the Sunshine Coast Council as a whole."

A Sunshine Coast Council spokesman said development around the airport was regulated under the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014, which sought to protect the safety and operational efficiency of the Sunshine Coast Airport. 

"There are a number of restrictions in the planning scheme to ensure inappropriate development is not located within an airport safety area or where exposure to noise levels would be unacceptable for any form of residential use," the spokesman said.  

He said the David Low Way development was not located within a current or future airport safety area, or within an airport noise corridor with unacceptable noise levels.    

"The David Low Way site is zoned tourist accommodation, allowing a variety of residential and commercial uses.  

"Surfrider Place has been zoned limited development due to the airport constraints and is unsuitable for further urban expansion."

He said the council refused the Browns' development application because it was within the airport safety area and had unacceptably high expected noise exposure for the airport's future second runway. 

Topics:  approval david low way development development application marcoola mudjimba refusal sunshine coast sunshine coast airport sunshine coast council surfrider place

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