Sekisui goes public with development proposal

Evan Aldridge, Sekisui House, with the first iteration of the plan in 2015.
Evan Aldridge, Sekisui House, with the first iteration of the plan in 2015. Greg Miller

IT'S your chance to get a first-glimpse at what Sekisui House proposes to do with its controversial Yaroomba Beach site.

The developer is putting a proposal for a new coastal village and five-star Westin Coolum Resort and Spa on display from November 30 for three weeks and community members are invited to view it and have their say.

After a failed attempt to have the town plan changed to fit its initial plans which included 10-storey buildings at Yaroomba Beach, Sekisui House has said it went back to the drawing board and this latest proposal has come after discussion groups that ran earlier this year as well as scientific visual assessment.

Sekisui House Development Manager, Mr Evan Aldridge said he was "very excited" to show off the "word-class" Coastal development that will help shape the final development application that still has to go before Sunshine Coast Council for approval.

"This is an opportunity to view the proposal and talk to the project team about what a new coastal village, the first five star international eco-tourism resort to be built on the Sunshine Coast in nearly 30 years, world class sustainability outcomes and how much 1400 ongoing new jobs and tourism expenditure would mean to the community," Mr Aldridge said.

He said the new proposal responded directly to development principles agreed on through the discussion groups with key community, business and environmental stakeholders.

These principles revolved around design principles to reduce the height and density, identifying a development envelope that protects views from key vantage points from outside the site, as well as establishing best practice for sustainable design and management, community access through the site and to the beach, and a stronger landscape focus including retaining some mature vegetation.

"The heart of the new proposal will be a public park, along with 3.3ha of paths, lake and open space that will be gifted to council and the five star international Westin Coolum Resort and Spa that will sit below the treeline when viewed from key public vantage points and will be a maximum of seven storeys," Mr Aldridge said.

"The hotel will address a massive undersupply in the current short term accommodation market for the Sunshine Coast, and the need for integrated conference facilities, and will bring a new market of domestic and international tourists and events to the Sunshine Coast.

"It will bring them to a new beachside village that will be a fantastic destination for Sunshine Coast locals with direct connection to beautiful Yaroomba Beach.

"We also aim to establish a beach ecology and indigenous centre to assist with research we have funded by the University of the Sunshine Coast and to facilitate indigenous tourism activities to promote the region's rich cultural history."

  • The listening post at Mt Coolum Shopping Centre is the next stage of a two part engagement process, and will be open between 10am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, until 17 December 2016.

Topics:  development evan aldridge planning sekisui yaroomba beach

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