Development approvals up 27% in first quarter
  • Thursday 23 October 2014
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Development activity on the Sunshine Coast continues to grow with July to September 2014 quarter figures showing a 27% increase in building approval values over the same period in 2013.

Approvals included residential developments at Meridan Plains and Sunshine Cove and a Coles complex and residential unit development at Sippy Downs.

Council approved 636 lots during the first quarter of this financial year under the plan sealing process compared to the 179 lots during the same period last year.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said development activity remained encouraging for the first quarter of 2014/15 as confidence continued to grow in the local market.

“Last quarter the value of total building approvals on the Sunshine Coast was $340 million, a 27% increase compared to the $267 million of approvals in the same period in 2013/14,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“This is a considerable increase, which is a significant boost for the region and the economy.”

Planning Portfolio Councillor Christian Dickson said the activity contributed to more than 1500 lots being made available to the market through council’s development approval process since January 1.

“Council’s development staff has dealt with 7200 development related enquiries during the last quarter,” Cr Dickson said.

“This is the highest quarterly figure since the start of 2014 and corresponds with an average of 120 development enquiries per day.

“The increase can be attributed to interest in the market as people seek to further understand planning scheme provisions and are a good guage of economic activity.

“General confidence in the region, together with the ease in doing business, is resulting in millions of dollars being invested in the Sunshine Coast economy. “

The Development Indicator reports are an important tool for measuring and comparing development activity on the Sunshine Coast.

The current report also includes a spatial map that highlights significant developments and their current status.  Current and previous reports are available on council’s website at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

Information on development related enquires including land uses, development activity, subdivisions, application lodgements and planning scheme queries can be made by emailing mail@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or phoning 5475 7526.

 

FAST FACTS:

Development indicators July to September 2014:

  • $340 million of total building approvals received in the first quarter of 2014/15, a 27% increase compared to the $267 million of approvals in the same period of 2013/14.
  • 636 lots endorsed by council compared to 179 lots in the same quarter last year through the plan sealing process
  • Applications to create 1130 multiple dwelling units were received, including 3 applications with over 200 units each. The total for the quarter is 152% higher than the Apr-Jun 2014 quarter (449).
  • 7200 development related enquires were received, an average of 120 development enquires per day
  • Significant Development applications lodged in July to September 2014 include:

Applications lodged (L) and approved (A)

  • Water Park Tourist Attraction with 224 Unit Resort at Glenview (L)        MCU14/0098
  • 221 Retirement Village units at Bli Bli (L)                                               MCU14/0122
  • 221 Multiple Dwelling Units at Forest Glen (L)                                       MCU14/0132
  • Coles Shopping Complex & 20 Units at Sippy Downs (A)                       MCU14/0067
  • 163 Residential lots at Peregian Springs (L)                                           REC14/0123
  • 145 Residential lots at Sunshine Cove (A)                                              REC14/0052
  • 108 Residential lots at Bli Bli (L)                                                            REC14/0119
  • 159 Residential lots & Community Centre at Meridan Plains (A)            2007/56R0019
  • Quarterly Development Indicator reports up to September 31, 2014 are available online.