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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe


    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Friday, December 18, 2009


    New communities at Palmview, Caloundra South and Maroochydore are a step closer today with the Sunshine Coast Regional Council given strategic state requirements for each area’s structure plan.

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe said the three greenfield communities could combine to deliver more than 33,500 dwellings over the next 20 years, to improve land supply and housing affordability.

    “Palmview, Caloundra South and Maroochydore represent long-term solutions to the current shortfall of land for housing on the Sunshine Coast,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “By declaring them as master planned areas today under the new Sustainable Planning Act 2009, the state has provided Sunshine Coast Regional Council with the strategic direction necessary to resolve the structure plans.

    “The declaration will also set timeframes and confirm state agency involvement.

    “The Sustainable Planning Act allows government to proceed with the master planned area approvals process recognising significant work already completed by council, the Department of Infrastructure and Planning (DIP) and other key stakeholders.

    “These new communities must be integrated and must be much more than new housing estates. They should be capable of providing local jobs, easy access to public transport, places to play while offering facilities and services to the people who will live there.”

    Today’s declaration removes a major hurdle in the delivery of the structure plans. Now the state interest review has been formally submitted, council will be able to move closer to releasing the draft plans for community feedback.

    “For the past few months my department has been working closely with council on substantial issues raised by state agencies for the areas,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “This includes making sure council’s draft structure plans identify key environmental areas for protection, education facilities, retail and commercial nodes, health facilities and residential yield at appropriate levels.’’

    Under the SPA timeframes, council will have up to 45 business days to progress the structure plans to public notification. The public will then be given another 30 business days to have their say.

    The community will have full access to the structure plans and be able to make submissions once they go on display early in the new year.

    It is expected the three structure plans could all be adopted by council by September 2010 and developers could then start detailed planning for new communities.

    “Each area must achieve high standards with regard to neighbourhood design, environmental sustainability and housing yields, choice and affordability to meet community needs,’’ Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “One of the strengths of structure planning is that right from the start the state can determine key, major infrastructure needs which will be integrated into all future planning for the areas.’’

    Palmview, Maroochydore and Caloundra South were all identified as committed or potential bring forward sites in a 2008 review of undeveloped land contained within the Urban Footprint of the South East Queensland Regional Plan.

    Palmview MPA – 6200 new dwellings and 14,000 people

    The Palmview Master Planned Area is approximately 954 ha of greenfield land to the south of the existing community of Sippy Downs/Chancellor Park.

    Maroochydore MPA – 4000 new dwellings and 9200 people

    The Maroochydore Master Planned Area is focused on the city centre of Maroochydore and the Horton Park Golf Course. It is broadly defined by the Maroochy River, Aerodrome Road, Maud Street, the Sunshine Motorway and Maroochy Boulevard. It includes areas along Plaza Parade, Ocean Street, Baden Powell Street, and Milwell Road.

    Caloundra South MPA – 23,300 new dwellings and approximately 50,000 people

    The Caloundra Master Planned Area is approximately 2,360 hectares of land to the south of the established Caloundra urban area, the Caloundra Aerodrome, vacant Council land adjoining the Sunshine Coast Regional Business and Industry Park and Caloundra Road. It is east of the Bruce Highway, north of Bells Creek Road, and to the west of Pelican Waters.

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