The making of local Masters as council sized up conditions
NOOSA Council is now thrashing out the final form and content of the Masters Home Improvement complex at Noosaville after a court appeal gave the massive retail complex the go ahead.
The store and garden centre, to be developed by Hydrox Nominees, will be 9822sq m, with 1737sq m of showroom space at the Masters store to form stage one, and the showroom stage 2.
Council planning and environment manager Kerri Coyle said the Masters store would be 92m long and 70m wide with an 11.5m height, facing east-west towards the Hofmann Dr at the entrance to the shire business centre.
Ms Coyle said the store included goods receiving and a timber centre accessible via the Eenie Creek service road for service vehicles, plus 270 car parking spaces.
"The applicant has advised that the showroom is intended to be leased out to a third party for a use, which will complement the Masters development."
A small cafe of less than 150sq m may be included as an ancillary component within the Masters store.
Ms Coyle said Hydrox had provided amended plans that included a reduction in building height, extension of the proposed entrance canopy to improve the building's appearance, and increased landscaped areas.
Hydrox has argued that a council requirement for a minimum of 70% of the Masters store to be dedicated to a hardware, garden and lifestyle centre was unreasonable and unnecessary and wants that condition deleted.
Ms Coyle said the applicant "is unable to identify any basis which would make such a condition lawful".
Hydrox believes under the court's judgement, there is no need to limit "any showroom component in the Masters store to trade- related purposes only".
Ms Coyle said after negotiations with council, Hydrox had agreed to reduce the height of the main part of the Masters building from 11.5m to a maximum of 10m and 9m for the garden centre above finished ground level.
Hydrox is also contesting the proposal for it to pay a $50,000 security to council to ensure development compliance, but after discussions has agreed to a reduced bond of $35,000.
The developer has also agreed to extend the front entrance Master canopy.