Developer appeals council’s rejection

Artist’s impression of the units proposed for 61 Cassia Avenue, Coolum.
Artist’s impression of the units proposed for 61 Cassia Avenue, Coolum.

The developer whose application to build seven two-storey units in Coolum’s Cassia Avenue was refused by the Sunshine Coast council in November has appealed the decision.

The council’s strategy and planning committee refused the TGS Investments application, which attracted 49 objections from residents, on the grounds that the building would have been in conflict “with the intent of Planning Area 11”.

The intent of Planning Area 11 is that “the predominant form of development will be detached dwellings on relatively large lots with higher density development being located within mixed housing precincts”.

A report by council planning staff also noted that the development would “not be consistent with the local desired character of the Coolum Beach North Precinct”, nor would it create “a pleasant, legible, memorable and safe living environment for the whole community”.

Sunshine Coast councillor Vivien Griffin said at the time that multiple dwelling units were not a preferred and acceptable use for neighbourhood residential precincts.

In appealing the decision, TGS points to existing multiple dwelling units nearby, along Yandina-Coolum Road.

The developer claims the development of the five two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom units on the 1138sq m block would provide a “functional and liveable form of medium density housing” and “quality lifestyle choice for first home buyers, middle income couples and self-funded retirees.”

The developer also argues that the general intent for neighbourhood residential precincts does not prohibit the development of medium density units as proposed by the application.

Residents are suspicious about the timing of the appeal, notification of which arrived during the busy Christmas holiday period. Anyone wishing to be heard at the appeal had to respond within 10 business days of receiving the notification.

But Cassia Avenue resident David Ward, who was one of the 49 objectors, said he was “not too nervous” about the appeal and was confident that council would support the residents.

Sunshine Coast councillor Vivien Griffin said the council report was very clear that the application did not comply with the planning scheme.

“We would obviously consider our response to the appeal but I’m hopeful the response would be that we decide to defend the appeal,” Ms Griffin said.

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