A property has been proposed to be built within a riparian buffer area identified for the Noosa River under the Noosa Plan 2020.
A property has been proposed to be built within a riparian buffer area identified for the Noosa River under the Noosa Plan 2020.

North Shore proposal may not fit within new Noosa Plan

An application to build a two-storey, five-bedroom house on Noosa North Shore may be denied for being too close to Noosa River.

Noosa Council received the development application for the property on the 2.8ha block at 199 Maximillian Rd, Noosa North Shore on Tuesday, September 1.

The application is required to be lodged with council as it is proposed to locate the dwelling in the riparian buffer area identified for the Noosa River under the Noosa Plan 2020.

The proposed dwelling, on 199 Maximillian Rd, is to be located about 80m from the Noosa River.
The proposed dwelling, on 199 Maximillian Rd, is to be located about 80m from the Noosa River.

According to council’s website, “clearing in a mapped Biodiversity Overlay area (Environment Protection/Enhancement or Riparian Buffer) for a house or shed will require a separate Material Change of Use permit”.

Owned by Henricus Stevens, the new dwelling, which includes an above-ground swimming pool, is to be located about 80m from the Noosa River in an existing cleared area.

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The block has an existing two-bedroom property, built in 1930, which is proposed to be relocated to the higher side of the property and set it back about 57m from the Noosa River.

One tree in the clearing is to be removed to facilitate the siting of the secondary dwelling.

Noosa Landcare’s Phil Moran said while every site and project should be addressed on its merits, he was surprised there was an application submitted within the riparian buffer.

“We can build in a lot of places, but you shouldn’t build right next to a creek,” he said.

“Shading is important in our creeks. The different temperatures is important for wildlife to breed.”

The application is currently being assessed against the Noosa Plan 2020 and is to be decided by council officers under delegation.