Mooloolaba amendment to help produce world-class destination
  • Thursday 13 April 2017
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Mooloolaba’s transformation into a world class beach destination has progressed to the next stage with Sunshine Coast Council deciding to proceed with a proposed planning scheme amendment for the popular tourist hub.

This follows community consultation in late 2016 on the proposed planning scheme amendment and the subsequent consideration of submissions. 

The amendment, which will now progress to the State Government to request ministerial approval to adopt, supports the community’s aspirations for the area and the vision to grow the economy and increase employment through well-planned development. 

Four key sites are included in the proposed planning scheme amendment: the Club Eatery site (opposite the Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club); the Brisbane Road carpark site; properties in First Ave, between Meta St and Venning St; and properties in the Walan, Muraban and Smith Sts precinct where a new Mooloolaba Heart is proposed to be established.

“We know that our Place Making Mooloolaba Master Plan that was produced with the help of our community is going to deliver a world class beachfront destination at Mooloolaba,” Cr Dickson said.

“To help achieve this, it will be critical to attract and deliver a five-star international standard accommodation hotel development at the Club Eatery site which requires additional floor area to accommodate the components of a five-star hotel.

“The amendment will result in a maximum building height on that site of between 44.5m to 47.5m from natural ground level and only where a five-star international standard hotel is proposed.

“Five-star hotels tend to have higher lobbie and ceiling heights, which coupled with the additional facilities required to provide a five-star hotel standard, necessitates, the overall building height increase.

“It’s important to note the building height for the Club Eatery site in the planning scheme amendment are comparable to those of other buildings in the Mooloolaba tourism precinct.

“It will not exceed similar heights of buildings within the vicinity of Mooloolaba.

“Following the community consultation period, we have made some changes to the planning scheme amendment which strengthen the provisions relating to the Club Eatery site.

“We need a landmark building of exceptional urban design that has a sub-tropical feel.

“There will be an architectural peer review of any design submitted and we have strengthened the provisions to ensure any development that occurs there operates as a five-star international standard accommodation hotel.

“A minimum of 50% of the development’s apartments and suites will need to be of a five-star standard and be utilised for this purpose.”

Cr Dickson said that analysis of potential shadows from the Club Eatery site showed there would be no increase in the time shadows were on Mooloolaba Beach.

“Shadows would only occur after 4pm in summer when there are already existing buildings and vegetation producing shadows on the beach,” he said.

Divisional councillor John Connolly said the amendment also provided additional road, pedestrian and cycle linkages to enhance movement and connections through the Mooloolaba area.

“What this planning scheme amendment will produce is a modern-day Mooloolaba that retains the great aspects that make it so loved by locals and tourists, and add in new sites to boost our visitation numbers,” Cr Connolly said.

“For our current and future generations, we need to ensure our economy grows and that is what we are doing through well thought out and responsible planning.

“The addition of a five-star international standard hotel will allow us to tap into a lucrative part of the tourism market the Sunshine Coast is missing out on.

“We have developed a vision for Mooloolaba and now we are acting to make that a reality.”

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Southern side of First Avenue between Meta and Venning Sts

Under the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014, the subject land is currently included in the High density residential zone with a maximum building height of 15 metres.

It is proposed to amend the maximum building height for the subject land to 25 metres, as provided for under the former planning scheme (Maroochy Plan 2000). This is more reflective of the predominant built form along the southern side of First Ave and provides an appropriate transition in building height from the Mooloolaba Esp through to the Mooloolaba State School.

New Mooloolaba Heart street activation Walan, Muraban and Smith Sts precinct

Under the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014, the subject land is currently included in the High density residential zone with a maximum building height of 15 metres.

It is proposed to amend the maximum building height to reinstate the maximum acceptable building height limit of 25 metres as provided for under the former Maroochy Plan 2000.

It is also proposed to include the land fronting Walan St in a new local plan precinct to provide for business activities such as small food and drink outlets and retail uses. This will support the activation of this street frontage.

The Place Making Mooloolaba Master Plan identifies Muraban/Smith St as the Heart of Mooloolaba with the intent of this area providing for high density residential and mixed use tourist accommodation and a community hub with improved pedestrian connectivity.

Club Eatery site: bounded by Burnett St and Mooloolaba and River Esps (Opposite surf club)

Under the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014, the Club Eatery site is currently included in the Tourist accommodation zone with a maximum building height of 37.5 metres.  This is one of the last remaining beachfront lots at Mooloolaba with significant development opportunities.

It is proposed to retain the current 37.5 metre maximum building height. However, recognising the site’s landmark location, it is proposed to include height and site cover incentives for the delivery of a five-star international standard accommodation hotel on this site.

It is intended that this would accommodate rooftop facilities, an expansive lobby, architectural elements and streetscape works.

A maximum building height of 50 metres AHD is proposed. AHD (Australian Height Datum) is a height measurement from mean sea level as opposed to a height above natural ground level of a site. The proposed amendment will result in a maximum building height on the site of between 44.5m to 47.5m from natural ground level and only where a five-star international standard hotel is proposed.

It is also proposed to include the subject land in the Mooloolaba Hospitality Area Precinct to provide for a range of business uses such as food and drink outlets, function facilities and hotels that may operate after hours and include live music which is consistent with the outcomes sought for this key site.

Brisbane Road Carpark site

Under the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014, the subject land is currently included in the District centre zone and identified as a key site in the Mooloolaba/Alexandra Headland Local Plan code. This includes specific provisions for the key site’s redevelopment.

The Place Making Mooloolaba Master Plan recommends relocating and consolidating car parking along the Mooloolaba foreshore into a new Brisbane Rd multi-storey car park. This will free up open space along the foreshore.

To more effectively accommodate this relocated car parking in a multi-storey format, it is proposed to increase the site cover and podium height allowances for this key site.