New development for old Maroochydore Court House
  • Thursday 25 September 2008

An application for a 12 storey commercial building, including restaurant, medical centre and two penthouses to be developed on the site of the old Maroochydore Court House, will be considered by Council at its next Ordinary Meeting at Council’s Tewantin office on Thursday 2 October.

In a report to today’s meeting of the Strategy and Planning committee, it was recommended that approval be given for a material change of use for the property, to allow the development to go ahead.

Regional Director of Regional Strategy and Planning, Warren Bunker, said the approval was recommended with a range of conditions to address environmental efficiencies and connectivity with public open spaces, including a proposal to exchange a small parcel of land with Council to allow the footpath, at First Avenue, to be widened.

“The widening will not only improve the look and feel at this landmark intersection which adjoins Cornmeal Creek bridge but also help to connect the new Cornmeal Creek walkway currently under construction as part of a project to provide new public open space alongside the creek,” Mr Bunker said.

“This site is in a key strategic location and the development proposed aligns with the Strategic Plan objectives to protect the primacy of Maroochydore as a key regional centre and the principal business centre for the Sunshine Coast generally.”

Division 8 Councillor Debbie Blumel said the development was a significant project for Maroochydore.

“We all understand that there are some significant changes which will alter the face of Maroochydore forever,’’ Cr Blumel said

“This proposal comes as close as we can expect to come to meeting the outcomes of the planning scheme.

“It captures the architecture of coastal living, the beauty and significance of its location, and establishes significant energy efficiencies using a range of passive initiatives.

“Staff are to be congratulated for taking a mentoring approach to get what we want on behalf of the community and also what the developer would like to achieve.”

The proposed development will also include parking for more than 190 cars, an art and craft centre and retail shops.