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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Minister approves Milton Transit Oriented Development

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Friday, June 11, 2010

    Minister approves Milton Transit Oriented Development

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe has today approved a mixed use development integrated with Milton train station.

    The conditional approval follows Mr Hinchliffe’s April 16 decision to call-in the development adjacent to the station.

    Mr Hinchliffe said after careful assessment advised by the Board of Urban Places and Department of Infrastructure and Planning Officers he had approved the development with conditions. These conditions are in addition to those put in place by Brisbane City Council (BCC) when they approved the FKP development on February 3.

    “This proposed development is located on one of the most important parcels of land in Milton, adjacent to the railway station and public transport corridors,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “Submissions made to me by the local community, including the Member for Mount Coot-tha Andrew Fraser, emphasised the need for public open space and consideration of the project’s scale.

    “In response to these concerns about the scale of the project, I have considered the application against the advanced draft local plan and reduced the maximum height of the building to 30-storeys in line with that plan.

    “In addition I have imposed conditions including an extra $1 million on top of council’s original $5 million in developer contributions to improve Milton Station for the area’s many commuters.

    “The developer will also have to contribute $52,500 in public art contributions - the same rate set for developments in Brisbane’s CBD - to see local public art on permanent display.

    “I have also requested the developer finalise with council contributions for open space to specifically target the revitalisation of local parks within Milton.’’

    Mr Hinchliffe said he understood the decision could concern some community members opposed to the development. He said many of the new conditions focused on improving the public amenity for Milton residents and for anyone who accessed the Milton train station.

    “As a result of this development there will also be improvements to the footpath design on Railway Terrace and new upgrades to station access from Milton Road and Park Road,’’ Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “I am also requesting that the developer engage with council to ensure monetary contributions to council’s open space trust are used specifically within the Milton area.’’

    Mr Hinchliffe said Transit Oriented Development (TOD) described broad planning and design principals that supported mixed-use development to activate communities based around pedestrian access to public transport. He said Milton was already a mixed-use centre that allowed people to work and play closer to home. This development will add to that mix and reduce reliance on private vehicles.

    For more than five years the SEQRP has identified the Milton site as a preferred location for a mixed-use development for more than five years. Mr Hinchliffe said the proposed development was located on one of the most important parcels of land in Milton, adjacent to the railway station and public transport corridors.

    “Higher density urban developments in prime inner city locations like this one are important to the city’s future,’’ Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “A cornerstone of the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 (SEQRP) is the improved integration between land use and transport and this development will achieve this for Milton.

    “The Bligh Government has a plan to meet the challenge of population growth in South East Queensland.

    “Part of that plan is to support smarter development of renewed communities to relieve growth pressure on South East Queensland and continue to protect our tin and timber suburbs.’’

    The Milton Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is comprised of approximately 300 residential units and office/gym, retail, restaurant and railway activities. To ensure a thorough and transparent assessment was undertaken, the entire process was audited by well respected Brisbane based town planner Greg Vann.

    Ministerial conditions include:

    ·Maximum building height of 30 storeys to better reflect the intent of the Draft Milton Station Neighbourhood Plan (MSNP).

    ·Improved mix of uses including the requirement for additional office or indoor sport and recreation space at level 1. This will result in an improved interface to Railway Terrace and the station entry through the replacement of active uses over car parks.

    ·A maximum provision of 280 car parks. This will result in the reduction in the total number of car parking spaces by 100 to better align with principles of TOD.

    ·A redesign of the public access provisions to allow for enhanced pedestrian footpath and retail promenade along Railway Terrace to provide for better pedestrian connectivity and activation of the streetscape. This can be achieved by reducing the length of any retaining wall; a minimum footpath width of 3m with enhanced street planting; and a minimum setback of 9m from the Railway Terrace property boundary to allow for enhanced retail promenade. These are significant increases in the public realm for the direct benefit of the public.

    ·A design review, undertaken in conjunction with the Board of Urban Places, of the Railway Terrace entry to Milton Station to allow for improved connectivity. This is to include, but not limited to, the provision for bicycle ramps and parking; alternative design measures for the location and configuration of the lifts and escalators; and improved level changes to the railway station entry.

    ·Submission of a wind study to understand the wind shear into the public realm and provide recommendations for improved amenity through design measures.

    ·No advertising signage is to be provided on the northern building façade fronting Milton Road to ensure billboard advertising does not impact on the streetscape. Railway related signage is permissible.

    ·The requirement to upgrade station entries at Milton Road and Park Road to improve public safety and the amenity of the station environment

    ·The provision of public art on Railway Terrace to the value of 0.25% of the total project cost.

    ·A request for the developer and BCC to enter into an infrastructure agreement to enable the community purpose infrastructure contribution to be directly benefiting the Milton Station Neighbourhood Plan area.

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