Council takes red pen to Bokarina Beach master plan
EARTHMOVING has begun on Stockland's long-anticipated $174 million development Bokarina Beach, but final approval for the site master plan is still weeks away after Sunshine Coast Council took the red pen to a revised document from the developer.
The master plan was approved by Sunshine Coast Council in February last year, and gained the State Government's seal of approval in April. But the council's final endorsement hinges on changes required in a letter issued January 25 this year.
The council outlines a number of matters that remain outstanding in the revised master plan submitted by Stockland in December.
The arrangement of driveways was among matters in contention: these had been redesigned as separated rather than joined in five precincts, and deemed by the council "unacceptable with regard to traffic operation and safety".
A number of footpaths and path sections on Wurley Dr, Nicklin Way and Beach Dr had also been removed. The council advised it did not support their removal.
The width of a section of Beach Dr between Nicklin Way and a proposed new street connecting the development's internal street network to surrounding streets is described by the council as "too narrow" to allow on-road cycling.
The council's letter advised these and other details, including the width of a roundabout and need to include a bus queue bypass lane in Lake Kawana Boulevard at the new Nicklin Way intersection, should be corrected.
A Sunshine Coast Council spokesman said yesterday afternoon that concerns about potential disruption to turtle nesting along the beachfront were among issues being addressed by Stockland, and that once the master plan was endorsed it would be made available to the public under the Kawana master plans section of the council's website.
Stockland senior development manager Mark McMahon said Bokarina Beach was a "major new project of regional significance and Stockland has spent years carrying out detailed planning on this exciting new community".
He said the amendments to the Bokarina Beach master plan requested by the council were "minor" and his team was currently working through them.
An updated master plan would likely be submitted to the council within the next month, with no delay to construction expected, he said.
"The process to gain the appropriate approvals on projects of this size are often complex and lengthy however, it's important to ensure that the master plan meets the expectations of the community," Mr McMahon said.
"The current requests from Council are not expected to create delays within the project's construction timeframe."