Urban design panel’s inaugural meeting
  • Wednesday 21 April 2010

Urban design was the hot topic of discussion last week when architects, planners and council met in Maroochydore for the inaugural Urban Design Advisory Panel meeting.

Statutory and Regional Planning portfolio and division eleven councillor Russell Green said the panel will provide invaluable independent advice to council and ultimately, help to create better outcomes for the Coast.

“Friday’s (16 April 2010) meeting was an opportunity for the members to get to know each other and determine the types of projects and issues the panel will consider and advise council on,” Cr Green said.

“These will most likely be large public work projects, streetscape rejuvenations and any other relevant design issues.”

Cr Green said that the last few days were something of an urban design bonanza.

“There has been lots of discussion of design and architectural issues,” Cr Green said.

“Thursday, the state Board for Urban Places visited Caloundra to receive an overview of some large local projects that the state has an interest in, including the Maroochydore Structure Plan and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital at Kawana.

“Friday we had the inaugural meeting and the Architects Institute Awards in the evening.

“Council recognises that it’s inherent that good urban design is consider from the start and this panel ensures council and industry work together to make sure that happens.”

Chair of the Urban Design Advisory Panel, John Hockings, said he looks forward to the challenges of undertaking reviews of Sunshine Coast projects and master planning exercises.

The Urban Design Advisory Panel provides council with independent, expert advice on design issues associated with proposals for policy, master plans and major development applications, to inform council’s decision making processes.