Images from a computer-generated 'fly-over' of Stockland's new city south of Caloundra, Aura.
Images from a computer-generated 'fly-over' of Stockland's new city south of Caloundra, Aura.

Where we'll fit all our new Coast residents

THE housing squeeze has been well documented in the nation's southern states, particularly in Sydney, but what about here on the Sunshine Coast?

A number of major projects have already been approved and commenced in the region in a bid to address both housing affordability and the increased population growth.

Twenty thousand homes are being built by Stockland at Caloundra South, a development set to house 50,000 residents.

More than 2300 hectares in size, the State Government priority development area has been dubbed Aura by the developers and is a $5 billion, 30-year project.

A little further north up the Bruce Hwy will put you at Palmview.

A 500-hectare parcel of land alongside Sippy Downs to be developed to create thousands of homes.

The first stage, dubbed Harmony by developer AVID Property Group, will see 378ha developed into about 5000 homes with lot prices to vary from $150,000 to $300,000 for a variety of property types.

Developed over the next 10-15 years, about 12,000 people will reside at the new estate which will feature a 15,000 sq m town centre and a 60m-wide, multi-kilometre linear parkway.

The $3 billion development will also aim to achieve a six-star environmental rating.

Oceanside Kawana is another project under way to address housing in the region.

The $5 billion development will establish a new Kawana town centre as well housing in Birtinya, around the new Kawana Health Precinct while a $174 million part of the project is the 30-hectare Bokarina Beach site.

That will deliver about 300 homes and about 800 units with buildings up to eight storeys high on one of the Coast's last remaining beach-front sites.

The new Maroochydore CBD, also a priority development area, will see 53 ha in the heart of the Coast transformed into a new city centre.

The 20-year project will include about 2000 residential apartments.

Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson said the Coast's population was set to rise from 298,000 to about 495,000 by 2041.

The draft South East Queensland Regional Plan released last week estimated the Coast would need about 99,300 extra dwellings by 2041.

The Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme has mapped out addressing that need to 2031, but a further 40,000 homes are needed from 2031-2041.

About 25,000 of those will be Maroochydore, Nambour and the Sunshine Coast Enterprise Corridor while Beerwah East, now identified in the urban footprint, could also provide 10,000-20,000 dwellings and the draft plan also provides for growth planned for Glasshouse Mountains, Palmwoods, Landsborough, Yandina and Bli Bli.