Civil contracting giant’s land part of rezoning push
The owners of the majority of a stretch of Bli Bli land due to be rezoned for development say they intend to help alleviate housing stress currently gripping the region.
Co-founder of Shadforth civil contracting firm Peter Shadforth and Sam Williams are the directors of One Man Bli Bli Pty Ltd.
The company was listed as owners of 45 Lefoes Rd, Bli Bli, part of what council has identified as a parcel made up of nine lots, totalling about 80ha, proposed to be rezoned from rural to emerging community zone.
The rezoning was in response to the site's inclusion in the South East Queensland Regional Plan urban footprint.
Mr Shadforth had developed nearby Parklakes and Parklakes II, along with Robert Flipp, who owned about 15ha of the land set for rezoning.
Kevin Covey, director of Covey Associates, the project manager and consultant for Mr Shadforth and Mr Flipp on Parklakes, said council's proposed amendment only related to about 55ha of land.
Mr Covey said Mr Shadforth and Mr Williams owned about 38ha of that 55ha parcel, as well as another property to the north about 12.3ha in size which was not part of the "council-led rezoning process".
Mr Covey said any development undertaken on the site would be in accordance with council's proposed masterplan.
"A variety of lot sizes would be proposed to give first and second homeowners opportunity to build their dream home," he said.
"The current lack of housing options on the Coast is evident and any development at the site would help alleviate this stress.
"The proposed housing options would also support the new Maroochydore CBD."
The proposed zoning changes would also allow for the development of a neighbourhood shopping centre, a lake, flood storage, a local park and green spaces.
The remaining land to the east was owned by another party and there were two lots in the north west owned by the current residents.
About half of the land was suitable for urban development, according to the council, but flooding was a constraint in the northern section of the land.
Mr Covey said the intent of the development would be to "bring together the depth of experience of the developers and consultants, aligned with council's planning scheme directions when known".
"Robert Flipp has been creating communities in Bli Bli since 1995 with the intent of providing affordable homes to first and second homeowners rather than investment property owners," Mr Covey said.
Mr Covey said Mr Flipp was aware of the need for extra land in Bli Bli to meet current market needs.
He said smaller lot sizes in the Aura estate at Caloundra South and Harmony in Palmview "do not provide for first homeowners with families" or those looking to upsize.
Mr Covey said all the parties involved had strong community ties to Bli Bli.
The proposed amendments were open to public consultation until Friday.
A review of submissions and council consideration was expected to take place in late-2020 or early-2021, before it progressed to ministerial consideration in early to mid-2021.
Council's website showed the amendment was due to be adopted in mid-2021.