Council defers decision on Victoria Point development application

Redland City Council has today voted to defer making a decision on an application for a 270 lot subdivision at 21-29 and 31 Clay Gully Road, and 39 Brendan Way, Victoria Point.

The application will be deferred until a Council-led structure plan is completed for the whole emerging community zone situated between Bunker Road, Double Jump Road, Brendan Way and Clay Gully Road, specifically the Victoria Point Local Development Area.

Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett said a structure plan of the wider area would help ensure Victoria Point could handle the growth expected from the development.

“Approving this application today without a structure plan in place would have been setting a dangerous precedent,” Cr Hewlett said.

“Today’s decision gives us the opportunity to develop a structure plan that guides future growth in the area, including identifying the State infrastructure we need to accommodate this growth.

“The biggest issue in our local community is the lack of supporting State infrastructure.

“A Council-led structure plan across the entire development area will address the issues that piecemeal development potentially could fail to deliver.

“Many of the roads in and out of the planning area are State roads and Council will also write to the State Government to ask for their input into the structure plan.”

Cr Hewlett said the Redlands was growing in popularity as home to an increasing number of people.

“With our relaxed, coastal lifestyle and a city that is almost half protected green space, it is easy to see why,” he said.

“However, Councillors considered that approval of the development at this time would be premature until there was further certainty regarding the likely development of the surrounding area.”

The development application was for a Development Permit for reconfiguring a lot for 270 lots, open space, ecological corridor and road, over 8 stages.

The development site is within the urban footprint under the State Government’s regional plan.

Council officers considered the application to be in conflict with the South-East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 and the Redlands Planning Scheme but, in accordance with section 326(1) (b) of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, considered that sufficient grounds existed to justify the approval.

They concluded the development proposal demonstrated this was an appropriate land use that also protected strategic environmental values and would deliver the necessary infrastructure. The approval would not prejudice the orderly development of the surrounding area. These matters are the intent of the regional plan policies. The development application had also been assessed and approved by the State Government.