Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson. Picture: Patrick Woods.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson. Picture: Patrick Woods.

Views on zoning shake-up to be kept secret

Feedback on Sunshine Coast Council’s proposed rezoning of rural land, some to encourage development, will be kept secret.

Resident submissions were received last year for proposed amendments to four Sunshine Coast planning schemes, including in Bli Bli to rezone 80 hectares of rural land to allow low density development.

Changes were also proposed to land at Yandina, Landsborough and Forest Glen.

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In response to questions from the Daily a council spokesman said that individual submissions would not be publicly released.

“All properly made submissions will be considered in due course and a subsequent report presented to council to decide whether to proceed with the proposed amendments (with or without changes),” they said.

The council did not answer questions of how many submissions were received or if they were supportive of the proposals.

They said individual submissions would be “treated as confidential”.

The council earlier said the proposals were in response to changes to the Urban Footprint under the South East Queensland Regional Plan.

Kevin Covey, Mayor Jamieson, Peter Shadforth, Robert Flipp and then Cr Steve Robinson at the handover of Parklakes 2 central park to Sunshine Coast Council. Robert Flipp and Peter Shadforth own part of the 80 hectares of Bli Bli land slated for rezoning.
Kevin Covey, Mayor Jamieson, Peter Shadforth, Robert Flipp and then Cr Steve Robinson at the handover of Parklakes 2 central park to Sunshine Coast Council. Robert Flipp and Peter Shadforth own part of the 80 hectares of Bli Bli land slated for rezoning.

They said it would “better reflect existing development approvals or desired future land uses”.

In December last year the Daily revealed most of the land slated for rezoning at Bli Bli was owned by a civil construction company and local developers.

Focus Estates, whose directors are Ross Boakes and Robert Flipp, own about 15.5 hectares.

One Man Bli Bli Pty Ltd, whose directors are co-founder of Shadforth civil contracting firm Peter Shadforth and Sam Williams, own about 38 hectares.

At the time a council spokesman said that land ownership and private interests were “not relevant considerations” when identifying potential planning scheme changes.