Sunshine Coast Council reveals ten year plan

FIVE years of intense hard work, 2800 submissions and three different planning schemes - later reduced to two - have come down to one final document.

The Sunshine Coast Council has released its planning scheme to guide development across the region for the next 10 years.

The potential for higher buildings in Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Caloundra, new hospitality areas identified in Nambour, Caloundra, Mooloolaba and Maroochydore, and reduced lot sizes for some residential and rural residential areas are some of the notable changes.

Older areas like Buderim, Shelly Beach and Moffat Beach have had their low-density residential character protected.
The council will also continue to advocate its preference for the Beerwah to Caloundra South Identified Growth Area as a "more appropriate opportunity" for long-term growth.

Mayor Mark Jamieson described the plan as a key "to help council provide the right conditions for business to prosper on the Coast".

About 100 industry representatives were at the planning scheme launch yesterday.

Planning chair Christian Dickson said the council had paid close attention to the 2800 submissions.

The planning scheme also identified 27 "unique individual local plans".

Cr Jamieson said the scheme was about creating a framework to boost the economy and create 100,000 high value jobs in the next 20 years.

Regional Director, Strategy and Planning, Warren Bunker, said it provided "consistency" across the region and allowed for new thinking concerning maximum building heights.

"We have moved away from measuring height in terms of storeys to metres and height limits are now identified on overlay maps," Mr Bunker said.

Higher buildings will be concentrated in the core of centres with "height grading down at the edges".