Noosa planning amandments raise concerns

FORMER councillor Russell Green is briefing a range of building industry sectors on his concerns over proposed Noosa planning amendments.

The amendments would limit some business signage and potentially add tens-of- thousands of dollars to the cost of two-storey houses.

The developer consultant's business forums were designed to raise awareness of some of the good things the Noosa Plan amendments were looking to set in place and to help people work through the planning layers.

"I don't want it to be a council-bashing exercise," Mr Green, pictured, said. "I don't want to come out guns blazing, but it's about the ongoing decisions that people are going to make about the place where they live.

"The two that really impact on them are the changes to the detached house code that looks at increasing the rear setbacks from what presently exists and the signage implications."

He said the rear setback previously had been 1.5m, and had to be setback a further 0.5m after the building height reached 4.5m.

"Now that's looking at starting at a minimum of 3m and your second storey being setback 6m," Mr Green said. "This design adds additional cost to a building - potentially up to $60,000 - in the design change because services and uses are not close together."

Mr Green said the business signage amendments proposed that the frontage of an outlet would govern the size of allowed signs: "If you only have a small frontage, there's potential that what you've previously had will be reduced in size.

"In the past, you've been able to go up to a maximum of 10sq m in total, with no one sign bigger than 4sq m.

"What it's saying is your total signage will be your frontage multiplied by 0.75sq m."

Councillor Frank Wilkie said applicants could continue to apply for relaxations for building on difficult and constrained lots.

"The changes propose a maximum signage of .75sq m of signage per linear metre of frontage or the current 10sq m, whichever is the lesser," he said.

Public submissions for the proposed council amendments close on October 2.