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Councillor encourages residents to speak out

The proposed development will turn a seven-hectare area, including a wetlands site, into a 10,000sq m shopping centre, a 1000sq m hotel, a 2000sq m showroom and car parks for 800 vehicles.
The proposed development will turn a seven-hectare area, including a wetlands site, into a 10,000sq m shopping centre, a 1000sq m hotel, a 2000sq m showroom and car parks for 800 vehicles.

Division 8 councillor Debbie Blumel is urging residents to examine a development application by Surfing World to turn rural land on David Low Way, Mudjimba, into a large commercial complex.

The development application proposes to turn the seven-hectare site, which includes a wetland, into a commercial area with a 10,500sq m shopping centre, a 2000sq m area for showrooms, a 1000sq m hotel and car parking for more than 800 vehicles.

Ms Blumel said there were a number of key issues to consider in assessing this application.

“Last year council began a planning review of the Maroochy north shore, which will be progressed as part of the preparation of the new Coast planning scheme,” she said.

“The applicant is applying for a change to a land-use designation but it will be difficult to argue for this while the planning review is in progress.

“Our planners will also want to assess whether the local population, with expected growth factored in, can actually support another shopping centre or whether it would negatively impact on existing businesses.

“The environmental issues will also be closely scrutinised, particularly issues associated with the notifiable wetland and the need for green buffer zones between the villages.”

Ms Blumel is encouraging the community to review the application and make submissions to the council by the September 11 closing date.

Application details can be viewed at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au, searching by the application number, MCU07/0216.

The application can also be viewed at one of the council’s customer service centres.


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