The removal of scaffolding from Aria's Breeze apartments in Mooloolaba reveals the extent of alterations.
The removal of scaffolding from Aria's Breeze apartments in Mooloolaba reveals the extent of alterations. Patrick Woods

OUR SAY: Firm stance needed with developer

SUNSHINE Coast Council has been left little choice but to bring an apartment block on the Mooloolaba foreshore into line with its relevant approval.

Council planning officers have found the Breeze development on the corner of the Esplanade and Meta Street does not comply with conditions of development that had already granted the developer Aria numerous concessions on planning scheme set backs and other requirements.

To simply adjust an approval to suit what is now on the ground has the potential to open the floodgates to others seeking to achieve outcomes not in accord with the approvals they are granted.

Planning portfolio head Christian Dickson is right to describe the attempt to retrofit a new approval as seeking forgiveness after the fact.

He says that during his time in council he has never seen a developer step outside approval conditions to such an extent.

The difference between his approach and that councillor John Connolly is instructive.

The of new Division Four councillor at first refused to comment on the issue before using a press release to declare the changes as minor and the scramble now occurring as "a normal part of council processes”.

And that may prove prescient if the council was to let the matter through to the keeper.