Residents prepare to fight new commercial zone proposal
RESIDENTS are up in arms over plans to turn a block currently zoned residential in to a commercial medical centre.
The neighbourhood of Goodchap St is concerned the proposal for a medical centre will pave the way to commercialising more residential areas.
A medical and retail business block has been proposed for development on the corner of Goodchap St and Val Cres.
Goodchap St resident Erna de Bree has taken to the streets with a petition to inform residents of the proposed changes.
"There is a proposal to build another medical centre, plus shops in Goodchap St. We already have a medical centre and a hospital in this street. I really don't believe there is a need for another one," Ms de Bree said.
"At the moment, the properties concerned are zoned residential. There is a permit application to have this changed to commercial zoning so the medical centre can go ahead.
"The public have been given two weeks until July 15 to have a say. Two weeks is not a lot of time to allow the average person to prepare a response.
"The residents in the surrounding area have already had a meeting with the developers and voiced their concerns and objections, but here we are," Ms de Bree said.
Ms de Bree is worried the changes will start a flow on effect of more commercial zoning of residential areas.
"If you think it doesn't really concern you because it's not in your backyard, just remember, if this permit is approved, it sets a precedent," she said.
"What other residential zones could be changed to commercial? Will the voices of the people be listened to? Or will big business stomp over us again?"
In a statement from Noosa Council, Planning and Environment manager Kerri Coyle said the area is zoned for residential housing.
"Under the Noosa Plan the site is included within the Detached Housing zone and is intended for residential housing," Ms Coyle said.
"The Noosa Plan does not envisage any commercial use of the site as a medical centre and pursuant to the planning legislation, the applicant must demonstrate sufficient grounds in the community's interest."
Public comment submission close July 19 and can be made to the Noosa Council.