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Caloundra Centre Master Plan + Special Entertainment Precincts

Caloundra Centre Master Plan + Special Entertainment Precincts

Public consultation commences on proposed planning scheme amendments

  • Caloundra Centre Master Plan; and
  • Special Entertainment Precincts

Council is proposing amendments to the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014 and planning scheme policies relating to the Caloundra Centre Master Plan and Special Entertainment Precincts.
Submissions Close: 9 November 2018

Caloundra Centre Master Plan Proposed Amendment

The purpose and general effect of the Proposed Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014 (Major Amendment) – Caloundra Centre Master Plan is to reflect the adopted Caloundra Centre Master Plan and respond to a small number of other matters related to development in the Caloundra Centre, including:-

  • amending the zoning, the Height of buildings and structures overlay, the precincts, levels of assessment for development and assessment benchmarks for development in the Caloundra Local Plan Area; and
  • amending transport and parking figures to reflect proposed new road and public transport routes in Caloundra.

The Proposed Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014 (Major Amendment) – Caloundra Centre Master Plan can also be viewed at the Caloundra Library.

Special Entertainment Precincts Proposed Amendment

The purpose and general effect of the Proposed Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014 (Qualified State Interest Amendment) and Planning Scheme Policy (Amendment) – Special Entertainment Precincts is to provide further support for the live music industry on the Sunshine Coast, increase vibrancy in major centres and tourist areas and protect residential amenity by:-

  • designating part of the Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area and part of the Nambour’s major activity centre as ‘special entertainment precincts’ under the Local Government Act 2009;
  • deleting the existing hospitality areas in Maroochydore, Nambour, Caloundra and Mooloolaba activity centres to reduce potential overlap and confusion with the proposed new special entertainment precincts;
  • amending the tables of assessment, development codes, zone codes and relevant local plan codes to make it easier for entertainment uses to establish in centre zones, key tourist areas and the Ocean Street Food and Music Sub-Precinct;
  • providing for micro-breweries in the Principal centre zone and Major centre zones;
  • amending the assessment benchmarks relating to noise criteria for venues, surrounding residential development and key mixed use areas; and
  • amending the Planning Scheme Policy for the Nuisance code to include requirements for noise impact assessments.

Please note: One of the main affected areas is Ocean Street, Maroochydore.
If the proposed amendments are adopted, the site’s sub-precinct will now be referred to as the Ocean Street Food and Music Sub-Precinct, rather than the Ocean Street Hospitality Sub-Precinct.

The key changes involve:

  • Permission to allow for Low Impact Industry, limited to ‘micro-brewery’ uses; and,
  • Inclusion of more specific noise criteria and requirements for residential/accommodation uses to minimise land use conflicts.

In particular, the relevant Local Plan aims to ensure residents in the City Core precinct can expect a reasonable level of ambient noise associated with the benefits of living in a centre.

The Nuisance Code is also amended to reflect these changes. It provides greater detail when developing for residential purposes in mixed use areas, and the overall outcome is amended to state:

‘development is located, designed, constructed and operated to maintain appropriate levels of amenity and environmental performance by:-

(ii) ensuring proposed sensitive land uses are not subject to unacceptable nuisance emissions generated from surrounding development, having regard to the location and context of the proposed development

The inclusion of the wording ‘having regard to the location and context of the proposed development’ sets a different standard for developing in mixed use areas.

The code then provides more specific noise attenuation outcomes for this type of development. Although it may be more specific, it provides different standards to residential development in Ocean Street which I see as an improvement in our case.

The Planning Scheme Policy for the Nuisance Code is also amended to reflect these changes.

Viewing the proposed amendments and making a submission

The proposed amendments are subject to public consultation from 15 October to 9 November 2018.
During the consultation period, a copy of the proposed amendments and explanatory material can be:-

  • viewed and/or purchased at Council’s Development Information Counter, 10 First Avenue, Maroochydore and also at Council’s administration buildings in Nambour and Caloundra; or
  • downloaded from Council’s website https://haveyoursay.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/open-consultation

The Proposed Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014 (Major Amendment) – Caloundra Centre Master Plan can also be viewed at the Caloundra Library.

Should you require further information and / or assistance to lodge a written submission to Sunshine Coast Council, please contact ADAMS + SPARKES Town Planning + Development on 07 5313 7705.

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