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Community encouraged to have their say on proposed zone changes


Redland City Council is encouraging residents to have their say on the proposed rezoning of Council owned land as part of the Draft City Plan 2015.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said residents needed to be aware of what was in the draft plan so they could be part of the city’s future.

“The Draft City Plan aims to protect the city’s important conservation and environmental areas by encouraging growth as ‘in-fill’ development in existing suburbs and in designated greenfield areas,” she said.

“The draft currently includes a proposal to rezone some Council owned land that has been identified as surplus to our needs.

“Some of this land is currently zoned open space or conservation so Council is keen for residents to have a look and provide feedback through a formal submission.

“If any land is sold, the profits will go straight back into the city and if any conservation land is rezoned and sold, more land can be acquired for conservation land so there is no net-loss.

“It is important that the community understands that very few Council properties are proposed to be rezoned for housing; in most cases it is proposed the land be rezoned for conservation, recreation or community facilities reflecting their existing use and retaining the land for the surrounding community to use.”

Some important information:
– All rezonings are proposed for the community’s consideration only. Nothing has been decided.
– If residents do not agree with the proposed rezoning they are encouraged to make a formal submission as part of the City Plan process. This is the only way to have your thoughts considered in the final plan.
– There will be no net loss of conservation land. If any properties currently zoned conservation are rezoned to a residential zone, other more suitable land can then be acquired to add to Council’s conservation estate.

Cr Williams said Council owned 7,779 parcels of land that cost ratepayers $11 million to maintain, which was about five per cent of Council’s total annual operational budget.

“This land has been amassed over decades and, in some cases as the city has changed, what was originally planned for the land may no longer fit with the surrounding area.

“For example, the land may have been designated for open space but it is now covered in trees, so it is proposed to change the zoning to conservation.

“In other cases land may have been acquired for a use that never eventuated, so we are looking at what else it could be used for and want the community’s input.

“This process follows a number of studies completed over the years to identify land surplus to requirements, including Council’s Open Space Strategy.”

Cr Williams said while the proposed rezoning of land was usual practice when drafting a new City Plan, she wanted the community to know what was being proposed.

“Although the land proposed for rezoning is available through the City Plan consultation process we want it to be as transparent and accessible as possible, so we have also listed the properties on Council’s website and sent a complete list to media.

“Rezoning land is not uncommon for councils, but doing it as part of the new City Plan ensures the process is completely transparent and the community has a chance to have their say.”

Council’s planning and assessment spokesperson Cr Julie Talty said even if some of the properties were rezoned it did not necessarily mean their use would change.

“With Council land costing ratepayers million to maintain each year it is prudent and responsible for us to look at our land to ensure it is working for the community,” she said.

“A handful of the properties have been identified as possibly being commercially attractive if they are rezoned and this process provides the opportunity for the community to have their say on these properties before any decisions are made regarding their potential sale.

“It may be that some of the land is rezoned and sold, or it could be rezoned and kept as it is. It all depends on the individual parcel of land, which is why it’s so important for people to know what’s happening.

“It needs to be clear that even if land is rezoned it cannot be sold or transferred to Council’s investment arm Redland Investment Corporation (RiC) without approval from Councillors through a resolution in a Council meeting.”

To view the land proposed for rezoning or make a submission visit Council’s City Plan website and click on Draft Redland City Plan 2015 documents on the right.

Council offers tourism accommodation incentives


Tourism accommodation providers now have even more reason to invest in the Redlands with Council today adopting a tourism accommodation incentives package.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said today’s decision follows a Council resolution in June to investigate incentives that could be offered to tourism accommodation providers to generate investment in the Redlands.

“These incentives will help attract investment in tourism accommodation in the Redlands,” she said.

“They are designed to generate tourism accommodation projects that will not only provide local employment, but also attract more visitors to the Redlands.

“The Draft Redland City Economic Development Strategy identifies tourism as one of the key growth sectors of the Redland economy over the next 25 years, so it is important we support this growth.

“While the Redlands already has a healthy tourism industry it is no secret that the majority of mainland visitors are day trippers, with the Redlands being acting as the transit lounge for their South East Queensland visit.

“We want the Redlands to not just be part of the journey, but for it to be the main attraction and for this to happen we need a range of accommodation choices so people can stay longer.

“We also want to be able to attract conferences and events that require accommodation for those attending.”
The incentives adopted by Council today include:

  • 100% infrastructure charges concession provided on a first come first served basis for material change of use development (involving building works).
  • 100% development application fee concession provided on a first come first
    served basis for material change of use development (involving building
    works).
  • Twenty business day priority assessment of development applications that
    are well made.
  • Rating and utility charge concession during the construction phase for
    material change of use development (involving building work), pursuant to
    Part 10 of Chapter 4 of the Local Government Regulation 2012.

Cr Williams said the incentives showed Council’s commitment to generating investment in the city and complemented Council’s open for business strategy.

“Today’s decision supports existing incentives offered by Council, in particular the $1.5 million CBD incentives scheme with some of the incentives adopted today also applying to our CBD incentives that are already on offer,” she said.

“Council’s development initiatives are yielding results for the local economy.  In 2013-14 there were 275 approvals issued for projects worth $20.2 million and a 43% increase in planning applications, compared to the previous year.”

The tourism incentives package will be in place from 1 August this year to 30 June 2016.

Economic Development eNewsletter – March 2014


Simplified regulation makes providing outdoor dining easier
Local buy policy undergoing further review
Business networking and workshop opportunities
Expression of interest closer for Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek
Freedom of Entry to the City
Council to engage with community on city planning

 

Simplified regulation makes providing outdoor dining easier

Local cafes and restaurants will benefit from a Council decision to make it easier to obtain an outdoor dining license.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the decision supported Council’s ‘Open for Business’ objectives.

“This decision removes red tape for businesses, supports the local economy and makes it easier to do business in the Redlands,” she said.

The decision will remove the current duplication of outdoor dining regulation in both local law and the Redland planning scheme and the cost of outdoor dining applications.

When the changes take effect at the end of the financial year, outdoor dining applications by food businesses will no longer need development approval and annual fees for outdoor dining will be removed from the Local Law covering outdoor dining.

The changes could mean savings between $400 and nearly $1500 for local food businesses.

Council compliance and regulatory services spokesperson Cr Wendy Boglary said the decision would complement the city’s open spaces.

“The Redlands has fantastic open spaces and a great climate, so making it easier for businesses to take advantage of this fact makes perfect sense.”

“Over the years Council has made a significant investment in public places and this decision is terrific win for small business and the entire community.”

 

Local Buy Policy undergoing further review

Council is looking to further strengthen its procurement and purchasing commitment to enhance local businesses and social procurement opportunities.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council has supported her call for the further strengthening of the local buy policy through the development of the Strategic Procurement Framework and broader initiatives to enhance local businesses opportunities.

Last financial year, Council spent $43 million of its total budget expenditure on local businesses with a registered address in the Redlands, or roughly twenty five percent of all payments.

The figures to January show that Council has already increased this to twenty percent in the first six months of this financial year.

While Council’s procurement policy must consider ‘sound contracting principles’ under legislation, Council has committed to a further review to clearly identify how a local preference can be delivered in certain contracting arrangements.

This may may include a percentage preference or weightings for local business or those employing local residents.

Other initiatives include the option of sharing Council’s own local buy panel of suppliers with other Councils and promoting awareness of local supply opportunities.

The the legislated ‘sound contracting principles’ Councils must consider under s104 of the Local Government Regulation 2012 LGR and s198 (LGR) when purchasing goods and services, include:
(a) Value for money; and
(b) open and effective competition; and
(c) the development of competitive local business and industry; and
(d) environmental protection; and
(e) ethical behaviour and fair dealing.

 

Business networking and workshop opportunities

Redland Businesses wanting to showcase their products and services are reminded of Redlands Business Expo 2014 – 13/14 June 2014 at the Redlands Performing Arts Centre

Being run in partnership between Redland City Council and the Redland Chamber of Commerce, the website www.redlandsbusinessexpo.com has more information on the second Business Expo for the Redlands and on how to register.

Another business workshop in April will ask if growing your company so it is sustainable and able to meet future challenges is important to you and if your business is reliant on one customer, one product or service offering?

If so, the How to Create More Growth Workshop 2 April 2014 will be of interest to you.

The workshop will discuss the tools and techniques that will grow your business for sustainability, not only for your own success,  but that of your staff. Key outcomes include:

  • Measure your Customers Value
  • Maximise Your Value
  • Innovate your offer to create more valueExpression of interest closer for Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek

When : 7am – 9am,  2 April 2014
Where: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, Runnymede Road, Capalaba
RSVP: karen.brown@redland.qld.gov.au or phone 07 3829 8507

A light buffet and refreshments will be served (places are limited).

 

Expression of interest closer for Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek

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Artist’s impression of what could be at Toondah Harbour

The redevelopment of Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek are a step closer after Council voted to accept officer recommendations for the two Priority Development Areas (PDAs).

The recommendations that have since gone to the State Government are part of the PDA planning process and reflect a range of community and commercial views expressed through the public engagement process conducted for the two areas.

After strong community debate and over 500 formal submissions to Economic Development Queensland, Council has recommended  the following changes to the planninmg vision for the two areas.

Toondah Harbour

  • Building height reduced by one-third, now capped to 10 storeys (down from up to 15 storeys in the original draft scheme and an increase of 3 storeys to the 7 storeys currently allowed at the site)
  • No net loss of public open space (including GJ Walter Park which remains as public open space)
  • Marina berths halved to 400 (down from possible 800 berth in the original draft scheme).

Weinam Creek

  • No net loss of public open space, including Sel Outridge Park
  • Passenger ferry and bus terminal and car-parking will be co-located
  • Provision made for future growth in car-park requirements
  • Access to car-parking for Southern Moreton Bay Island residents will be maintained during construction at the site.

Council and the State Government will now draw up criteria to assess Expressions of Interest from investors who will be invited to fund the key infrastructure needed in both areas in exchange for commercial returns on their investment.

Council has estimated that the funding of foreshore and transport infrastructure improvements at Toondah Harbour, including improved ferry ramps and passenger facilities, better transport interchange and parking, as well as enhancements to parkland and improved pedestrian and cycle links to the bay, could cost up to $80 million.

 

Freedom of Entry to the City

Saturday 12 April 2014, 11am will be a memorable day in the Redland City Calendar when the city bestows the age-old honour of Freedom of Entry to the City to No.95 Wing of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

This event will include a formal parade with 150 marchers, representing all nine of No.95 Wing’s squadrons, accompanied by a band and air force cadets.

Redland residents are being invited to come and line the parade route on Middle Street, Cleveland (between Waterloo and Wynyard Streets) to watch this historic event.

The ceremony is also formal recognition from the RAAF of the important role our city played in the defence of our nation leading up to, and during, World War 2.

The Freedom of Entry ceremony will take on additional significance in the lead-up to Anzac Day this year and the centenary of the start of World War 1 at the end of July.

Freedom of Entry to the City’ dates back to the Middle Ages when cities were fortified by walls to protect residents from invaders. Right of entry to outside armed forces was a privilege rarely granted but came as a sign of respect for the protection and friendship offered.

Please note: there will be changed traffic conditions including temporary closures along Middle and Bloomfield streets, Cleveland during the parade. 

Check our website for more details at (web symbol) www.redland.qld.gov.au/freedom

 

Council to engage with community on city planning

Redland City Council will embark on a public consultation process around key aspects of city planning in the lead up to the revised draft Redland Planning Scheme (RPS) becoming available for formal public comment later this year or early next year.

The current review of the Redland Planning Scheme is already being underpinned by community engagement on a range of policies and strategies in recent years.

In coming months Council will be encouraging the community to view and review key areas of policy that are supporting the drafting process, including community and stakeholder forums on important issues such as population and employment growth strategies and options for how to deal with this growth.

A key focus for this engagement activity across the city will be the study into Redlands land availability commissioned by Council and expected for release in May this year.

The proposed engagement strategy will also inform Council’s input into the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan 2014-2041 expected for release in the second half of year.

Community and stakeholder forums will be held around Council’s upcoming Economic Development Strategy and the current community-wide engagement underway on disaster management planning.

Planned engagement activities include ‘neighbourhood kitchen table talks’ where residents and organisations can talk with planners about the current planning scheme and how to feed into the review.

Other planned activities include the establishment of an Interest Register so interested residents can receive updated information; a mail-out to all residents involved in previous community engagements around aspects of the planning scheme; availability of fact sheets, e-newsletters, magazine stories, website and display materials, social media and videos.

Over the coming months Council will be making information available through its websites, publications and community forums so that the community has the opportunity to understand and comment on future planning for our city.