Council on right track for the Noosa Business Centre
  • Wednesday 06 May 2009

Today, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council Strategy and Planning Committee endorsed the recommendation to adopt the Noosa Business Centre Review with only minor amendments.

Earlier in the year, council undertook an extensive review of the Noosa Business Centre and the way it was addressed in the Noosa planning scheme, and asked the community to provide feedback.

Regional Strategy and Planning Portfolio Councillor Russell Green said the community feedback council received was very positive and supported council’s direction for the Noosa Business Centre.

“After a review of the community submissions, very little changes have been made to the Noosa Business Centre Review,” Cr Green said.

“On the whole, the community was supportive of council’s direction to limit retail expansion.

“Many of the submissions expressed concerned about the economic development of the region and mirrored council’s emphasis on the importance of ensuring there is a plentiful supply of reasonably priced accommodation for local businesses and knowledge based industries to establish, operate and grow in,” Cr Green said.

“The submissions also identified the need for further investigation into the traffic impacts in and around the site, congestion issues and sustainable transport options.

“Some other considerations of the submissions included the state of the current economic climate, the accessibility of the location, the adverse affect more retail space could have on existing centres and the need to protect open space and the Noosa ‘feel’,” Cr Green said.

“Council is committed to helping the Noosa Business Centre to evolve into a vibrant, creative and sustainable mixed-use centre, with adequate transport and employment opportunities to support the region.”

The recommendations of the Noosa Business Centre Report have implications for The Noosa Plan, and potentially the next planning scheme for the Sunshine Coast, as well as how council considers development applications over the Noosa Business Centre.

The recommendation was referred to the Ordinary Meeting of Council to be held on Thursday 14 May at Tewantin for a final decision.