Residents’ groups draw line in sand on plan rules
RESIDENTS' groups have made clear they will not tolerate development outside the parameters of the new town plan.
She said turtles would be driven away from nesting sites on the beach by the light.
"This is a green patch from Mudjimba to Coolum,'' she said. "People come here for a different experience. If people want a city-based experience they can go to Mooloolaba or Maroochydore.
"We need to retain these areas of low-key development where you can still see wallabies on the dunes.
"We are going to lose all that if we are not careful. That's our point of difference. It's also why people live here. They want a nature-based experience, not to go to the beach and see a built environment.
"It's good Cr O'Pray's gone out on a limb on this. The State Government will be even scarier if council rolls over.''
"Historically that's three storeys and that is what we would want maintained."
The matter will be top of the agenda at the association's meeting next week.
"I would be surprised if our members accepted more."
Ms Johnson said Cr O'Pray was representing his community by seeking its views.
"I appreciate he's asked us his thoughts."
Development Watch president Marion Kroon said while she applauded the consultative approach the community's views had been very clearly expressed in the creation of the new planning scheme.
"The community does not want high-rise and particularly not on the beachfront," she said. "The limit is three storeys and four in one small area. The current plan says that and that is what we agree with.
"We've already been concerned about the State Government's role given the Premier's statements at the community cabinet. Some of our members have already started a letter campaign to allow residents to express their concerns. If this goes ahead it will make every area of the coastal strip the same. We need to keep options open for people who want what we have to offer, rather than changing that."
"I can't even understand why they are discussing it,'' he said. "Sekisui House should just finish the development to the existing master plan and be out of there. There's no support for anything other than what's in the planning scheme. There is the whole greenfield CBD to play with. It's the only patch of dirt in the country where you can start with four lines on the ground."
Mr Pashley, who heads Northshore Realty, said while the Coast probably needed a six-star resort the Yaroomba site did not work.
COUNCILLORS FACE THREAT
YAROOMBA resident Julie Failor said the same team that forced the court-ordered settlement that is the basis of existing town planning provisions would reunite to fight any changes. And she warned that not a single councillor had been re-elected who had supported the Lend Lease redevelopment of the eastern fairways of the old Coolum Hyatt championship course.
"We will make every constituent of every councillor who supports this that they voted against the current town plan,'' Ms Failor said.
"The mayor and Campbell Newman signed off on the new plan only in April. It's not an antiquated document. Sekisui House was discussing these issues 12 months ago. They knew about this concept and should have put it out for consultation before the town was approved."