A community meeting in Buddina next week will determine the appetite for a challenge to the Sunshine Coast Council approval of this eight-storey, 73-unit beachside development.
A community meeting in Buddina next week will determine the appetite for a challenge to the Sunshine Coast Council approval of this eight-storey, 73-unit beachside development.

Residents rally to challenge development approval

THE community's appetite to challenge Sunshine Coast Council's approval of a controversial Buddina unit development will be tested at a public meeting next week.

Friends of Buddina spokesperson Tracey Goodwin-McDonald said the meeting at Buddina State School hall on May 21 would provide an update on planning legal advice that grounds existed to challenge the 73-unit, eight-storey development.

It has come after Project Urban, the developer's planners, sought a suspension of the clock on its own appeal period to prepare representations to the council about the decision notice which contained 74 conditions of approval.

"We have been taking town planning advice," Mr Goodwin-McDonald said.

"People are pretty angry but there are options. I believe the council has done a good job of hiding that."

She said legal advice obtained to date indicated there were grounds to move forward legally.

"Our challenge would be around due process and enforceability of the development conditions."

Ms Goodwin-McDonald said concern existed around a traffic report she said had been accepted by the council despite it relying on 2002 data, that the development bounded by Talinga St, Pacific Boulevard and Iluka Ave was next to a school bus stop and that the turtle report covered only a 500 metre section of a nesting beach.

"If the community is prepared to commit the funding it will be full steam ahead," she said.

Independent town planning advice already provided to Friends of Buddina said turtle light management conditions attached to the development approval that required beach facing windows to be covered by blinds for seven months of the year would be ultimately unenforceable.

It said the inability of the council to enforce the condition meant it couldn't meet the objective of turtle nesting and hatching protection, thereby voiding the approval.

The public meeting will be held from 6.15pm for 6.30pm at the Buddina State School hall.



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