Packed meeting backs Buddina apartments court action
A MASSIVE turn out to a public meeting at Buddina last night has guaranteed the Sunshine Coast Council approval of a controversial beachfront, eight-storey residential development will be challenged in the courts.
The meeting that attracted about 200 people voted unanimously to raise the $50,000 needed to fund an appeal.
Friends of Buddina spokesperson Tracey Goodwin-McDonald said a committee of 16 people would drive the fund-raising with sizeable donations already pledged.
"We laid out our options moving forward and there was a unanimous decision to proceed,” Ms Goodwin-McDonald said.
"The meeting gave a mandate to stop the development, to change the town plan and to change the council.
"We may have lost round one but round two is about to begin.”
Concerns about traffic generated by the 73 unit high-rise complex adjacent Buddina State School and impact on nesting turtles and their hatchlings as well as the density, bulk and size in a State Government declared erosion-prone zone were raised by residents.
The council voted 6-5 on April 30 to approve the development.
Ms Goodwin-McDonald has said previously Friends of Buddina had received independent planning law advice that the approval could be challenged.
The advice included that the conditions proposed by the council's officers to mitigate impacts on turtles were probably unlawful.
"There is inadequate information available to council to impose lawful conditions which achieve compliance with the relevant assessment benchmarks,” the advice said.
"Without such conditions, the development must be refused.”
It also found the traffic impact assessment presented as part of the development application had failed to appropriately assess its impact on the surrounding road network and that the density, bulk and scale represented an over development of the site which would over shadow existing properties to its south throughout winter.
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