Council welcomes plans for Maroochydore
  • Thursday 11 March 2010

Council anticipates strong community support for key planning documents that will guide Maroochydore toward its destiny as the economic and social hub of the Sunshine Coast.

The expectations come with today’s release of the Proposed Maroochydore Principal Activity Centre Structure Plan and associated planning documents following their review by the Queensland Government.

Local division eight Councillor Debbie Blumel said Maroochydore was destined to become the principal activity centre for the entire Sunshine Coast and welcomed the government’s overall support for the Maroochydore Structure Plan.

“The release of this Structure Plan is the culmination of many years of planning and consultation,” Cr Blumel said.

“Its sets a course for Maroochydore as the pre-eminent centre for commerce and retail on the Sunshine Coast and when finalised later this year, it will be the much needed adrenaline shot for the redevelopment that will renew Maroochydore’s urban environment.

“It will create new employment and business opportunities by providing 150,000
square metres of new commercial floor space and 65,000 square metres of new retail floor space by 2031.

“It will include outstanding facilities for the region including a Regional Arts and Entertainment Centre, a Transit Plaza, a Regional Library, public amphitheatre and civic plaza.

“And it will enable the creation of a liveable, vibrant sub-tropical centre boasting urban open space and high quality pedestrian access for local people and visitors to enjoy.”

Cr Blumel said the Maroochydore Structure Plan relied on every element originally proposed to meet the challenges of climate change and called on the community to support the reinstatement of those vetoed by the state government.

“Although the government has generally favoured our vision for Maroochydore it has removed council’s energy efficiency requirements and lacks commitment to a vital road link between Dalton Drive and the future Multi-Modal Transport Corridor (MMTC) – putting the planned road network at risk of gridlock,” Cr Blumel said.

“Council has a strong policy position that the Maroochydore PAC is built guided by design principles – some exceeding current building codes – to lower energy and water consumption and increase the use of renewable energy and public transport.

“It is also committed to deliver development in tandem with transport infrastructure to reduce traffic congestion in growing areas.

“For this reason a new ramp from the future MMTC to Dalton Drive is vital for easy road access to the Maroochydore centre.

“Without this ramp there will be more traffic congestion on Sugar Road and Maud Street and on Maroochy Boulevard.”

Cr Blumel said council wants the state government to commit to the early provision of critical infrastructure and reinstate the energy efficiency provisions originally proposed and she called on the community to support this during the public exhibition period which starts today.

Written feedback must be received by 4.30pm on Wednesday 21 April 2010 and can be lodged in person, mailed or emailed to council.

Submissions will be reviewed and from them a report must be prepared to amend the proposed Maroochydore PAC Structure Plan. It will be resubmitted to the State by 22 June 2010. The Minister will then reconsider state interests, advising council on 13 July to adopt the Maroochydore PAC Structure Plan by 2 August 2010.

Visit council’s customer service centres, libraries or website to view the Proposed Maroochydore PAC Structure Plan and associated planning scheme amendments and to find out how to have your say.

For further information please contact the Strategic Planning Branch (Caloundra Office) via council’s customer service centre.