Another detrimental planning change…

Please support my ongoing drive to get this City Plan right to deliver the community’s vision for Redlands.

I cannot express the amount of work I have completed in regards to the City Plan in my attempt to have it written to deliver a plan for community outcomes and my frustration levels increase as I see the impacts I feared come into reality across our suburbs City wide.

The City Plan approved by Councillors in 2018 has many significant changes  compared to the previous Redlands Planning Scheme which in my opinion reduces the livability our of suburbs.

These changes are not due to  the State Government as often is touted but to Council’s decisions to include.

 I highlighted what had been omitted from the new scheme , what changes had occurred  and the standard of development that would now be allowed if the City Plan was approved.    In 2018 the new City Plan was unfortunately approved as was, I didn’t vote in favour due to my grave concerns of the changes.

Recently yet another inappropriate development has highlighted the effects of  one of the changes.  In this case the new Reconfiguration of a Lot Code has resulted in the approval of a  subdivision  which significantly and unreasonably will impact on the existing community.

An approval has been given for a 6 lot sub division of a single lot with an existing house and a frontage of about 12 metres onto a cul-de-sea head located in Mindarie Crescent Wellington Point.  Five of the approved lots are rear or internal lots (commonly referred to as “hatchet lots”) with areas ranging from 405 to 477 square metres serviced by an access way almost 100 metres long.  

The local residents were rightly upset at this change to their relatively quiet cul-de-sac street  so I meet with them to discuss this planning process concern as I also share their frustration.

In the new City Plan there is no specified limit on the number of rear lots just so long as they meet the requirements of being at least 400m2 in area, have a “safe and convenient” access and a street width frontage width of at least 10m.

Under the previous Redlands Planning Scheme, a rear or internal lot in a cul-de-sac was required to be at least 800 sq m in area with a maximum of two lots off a single access way.   Further, subdivision proposing internal lots was required to protect “the character of the existing streetscape” and the “residential amenity of the lots being created and existing properties” and specifically “not located in cul-de-sac heads”.   This development is in gross conflict with the requirements of the previous Planning Scheme and a refusal would have been expected if assessed under that Scheme.

Unfortunately for Mindarie Crescent this approval, amongst the loss of character and amenity, means the volume of traffic is increased within a quiet cul-de-sac and with such small lots down an access way there is no on street parking for these new lots.  Residents have concerns that there will be an enormous pressure placed on the street parking in front of their existing houses. 

I also have concerns regarding how much spare capacity there actually is in the existing water and sewerage infrastructure, pipes and treatment plants to cope with the cumulative effects of infill developments significantly increasing residential densities. 

I will present a Motion at a Council General meeting for the Reconfiguration of a Lot code to be revised with the intent to have another Amendment to the City Plan with a change.

This will make the third Amendment I have instigated  in 16 months since the new City Plan commenced……plus the other Amendment Packages Council has instigated which shows the new City Plan has many flaws.   

Not having the City Plan adopted in the first place would have been my preference or having it undergo a thorough revision before it came to Council in 2016 with the new council however this is the City Plan we are now stuck with therefore we need to work through Amendment Packages to get it right.

Unfortunately, with the Amendment Package process, it takes about a year until the change would come into play and then developers have 12 months to lodge under the previous conditions so there is basically a 2-year delay before the changes come into play. I cannot express the amount of work I have completed in regards to the City Plan in my attempt to have it written to deliver a plan for community outcomes, my frustration levels are very high as I see the impacts on our suburbs City wide.

Please support my ongoing drive to get this City Plan right to deliver the community’s vision for Redlands.