The new wave of consumer advocacy: Operators will need to do “significant community consultation” before building on private sport and recreation zones like bowls and golf clubs under major amendments to the Brisbane Council’s City Plan, Fairfax reports.
As we covered here, Mayor Graham Quirk announced new incentives to attract more village and aged care developments in August 2016.
Queensland State Development Minister Cameron Dick has finally approved the draft amendment to its City Plan – which was first put forward in December 2016 – to go to public consultation, but has enforced extra conditions including:
- Doubling the standard period of consultation to 60 days;
- Providing residents with detailed maps outlining the affected land; and
- Not compromising sport and recreation facilities, understood to not allow any existing and in-use land such as bowling greens to be removed – potentially a major issue for developers.
It’s believed some village and aged care developments at Brisbane sports clubs have already been held off to going before council as the amendment hasn’t been approved yet.
RetireAustralia’s 94-unit retirement village at the Tarragindi Bowls Club only became the first facility to be approved under the incentives in January – after 18 months.
Another indication that residents will be playing an even bigger role in development approvals.
What then for those developments waiting in the wings?