- 50,000 persons to call Caloundra South home
- 20,000 new homes
- 15,000 jobs to be created
- 5,000 houses to be affordable for key workers and first home buyers
- 2,000 houses to be accessible for persons with disabilities and at various life stages.
Frequently asked questions
Where is the Caloundra South Priority Development Area?
Caloundra South is located within the Sunshine Coast Regional Council area, south of the existing Caloundra urban area. The site is approximately two kilometres from the coastline.
The site adjoins:
- the existing Bellvista development and the Sunshine Coast Industrial Park to the north
- undeveloped lands to the east adjacent to Pelican Waters
- the Bruce Highway to the west, and
- Bells Creek Road to the south.
The Caloundra South Priority Development Area (PDA) covers a total area of 2,310 hectares.
The site is undeveloped and currently used for cattle grazing.
Why was Caloundra South declared a PDA?
The Queensland Government selects PDA's based on criteria including:
- areas of high growth or housing stress
- areas that are close to employment opportunities and other services.
Levels of housing stress are extremely high on the Sunshine Coast. Between 25 per cent and 33 per cent of households on the Sunshine Coast are in housing stress and this number is expected to increase.
The South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 identifies Caloundra South as a priority for the delivery of residential land supply on the Sunshine Coast in the short term. The Caloundra South PDA offers opportunities for further residential growth to meet the region's affordable housing needs.
What is the vision for Caloundra South?
The Caloundra South PDA will become a community providing housing for a projected population of approximately 50,000 people, in 20,000 dwellings over the next 30&endash;40 years. It will be an affordable and sustainable community demonstrating best practice urban design and sound community development principles. A range of affordable and diverse housing choices will be available to meet all life stages.
The PDA will comprise compact, walkable, safe, distinct and well connected neighbourhoods that reflect the Sunshine Coast's subtropical lifestyle.
An appropriate mix of land uses will facilitate the delivery of jobs that contribute to self-containment in the sub-region, which already includes major employment generators such as the hospital, tourism and industry.
Vibrant, mixed use activity centres will provide a focus for the community and offer convenient access to retail, services, well designed civic spaces, community and cultural facilities and local employment opportunities.
The urban form of the PDA ensures the water quality and ecological condition of Pumicestone Passage is protected and significant areas are revegetated, providing adequate greenspace for environmental and recreation purposes delivering a high level of amenity.
What will EDQ do within the Caloundra South Priority Development Area?
Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) is the planning authority for the area and as such has prepared a development scheme for the Caloundra South PDA that outlines:
- a vision for the UDA
- the type of development that can occur in the area in the future (i.e. a land use plan)
- the infrastructure required to support such development (i.e. an infrastructure plan)
- strategies and mechanisms to complement the land use plan and infrastructure plan (i.e. an implementation strategy).
The development scheme has been approved and is now in effect.
- responsible for assessing and deciding development applications within the PDA. All development applications within the PDA will be assessed against the Caloundra South PDA Development Scheme
- working with landowners and developers to deliver urban developments that include a range of housing styles and densities at a variety of price points, incorporating best practice sustainability and design, supported by essential infrastructure.
What are the planning priorities for Caloundra South?
To achieve the goal of providing affordable housing within a sustainable and well designed community, EDQ is proposing six planning priorities for the Caloundra South PDA.
The planning priorities are based upon expressed community values as well as best planning practices identified by EDQ.
- Affordable living and diverse housing options.
- A community that is accessible and well connected.
- A vibrant inclusive community with a healthy heart.
- Respecting and protecting the Pumicestone Passage.
- Protecting and enhancing the natural environment.
- An innovative community.
How will EDQ guarantee that the site's development will not worsen water quality in Pumicestone Passage?
In South East Queensland, formal water quality objectives are set for each catchment by the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM). The water quality objectives for Pumicestone Passage catchment are very stringent.
EDQ will set and monitor compliance with the formal Water Quality Objectives for Basin No. 141 - Pumicestone Passage as described in the Pumicestone Passage Environmental Values and Water Quality Objectives document prepared by DERM. It must also comply with State Planning Policy 4/10 Guideline Healthy Waters.
The developer will be required to demonstrate compliance with the water quality objectives for water leaving the site boundaries. The developer will be required to prepare a water quality monitoring program for construction and operational phases of development which sets out requirements and processes for data collection, analysis and reporting. This program will need to be endorsed by EDQ.
The adoption of the formal water quality objectives for Pumicestone Passage necessitates the adoption of water treatment measures that are more stringent than those required elsewhere in South East Queensland for other catchments and developments.
It is worth noting that the footprint within the Caloundra South PDA forms less than 3 per cent of the larger Pumicestone Passage catchment, and the developable portion of that land is just 1.7 per cent. Dominant land uses across the greater catchment are pine plantations, forestry, residential, native bushland, grazing and agriculture including turf farms.
How will flooding be managed?
Both the council and EDQ have identified areas of the site that experience flooding during a 1 in 100 year flood event. This is also described as a flood with an Annual Exceedance Probability (AEP) having a one percent chance of the Q100 flood level exceeded in any given year.
EDQ has been very mindful of the flooding issues affecting the site, and commissioned an independent peer review of previous flood studies undertaken for the area. The independent review concluded that the proposed development footprint 'can be achieved without producing unacceptable flood level impacts'. As part of the development application stage, additional detailed modelling will inform future flood planning for the site and will be undertaken in accordance with EDQ Guideline No 15: Protection from Flood and Storm Tide Inundation.
The EDQ Guideline notes that EDQ's position and requirements for flood protection will be reviewed and revised to take account of recommended changes to flood policy arising from the Queensland Floods Commission of Enquiry.
Any modifications to the flood plain will be designed so there is no 'net worsening' of flooding impacts for areas adjoining the site. This means that areas at Pelican Waters and Little Mountain will not experience any change in local flood conditions.
Why isn't EDQ holding off work on the site pending the outcomes of the Floods Commission of Enquiry?
The Floods Commission of Enquiry was established to focus on statewide flooding issues, with a particular emphasis on the government's management of floods in affected areas such as Brisbane, Toowoomba and Ipswich.
If there are recommendations as a result of the Flood Commission of Enquiry's preliminary findings later this year, they will be addressed in planning for the site.
Will climate change be planned for?
Flood planning for the site will take into account the government's policies for climate change, allowing for a potential sea level rise of 0.8m by the year 2100. Potential increases in rainfall intensity due to climate change will also be allowed for.
This is consistent with the climate change allowances described in the SEQ Regional Plan 2009-2031 and the Queensland Coastal Plan.
Will the site be considered by the federal government for impacts on matters of national environmental significance?
Stocklands lodged a formal referral to the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPC) under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to consider possible impacts on matters of national environmental significance. The assessment will consider local and regional scale matters of significance. This information can be found on the federal government web page.
Will Caloundra South include canal or waterfront development?
The site is located inland from Pumicestone Passage.
Lakes may be supported if they contribute to sustainable environmental outcomes and do not create an ongoing maintenance issue.
How will ecologically significant areas be protected?
The majority of the Caloundra South site has been extensively cleared through its history of forestry, agriculture and cattle grazing during the last 40 years.
A relatively small amount of native vegetation can be found along the creeks that traverse the site. The north-eastern part of the site also contains wetlands and some areas of remnant vegetation. The wetlands in the north-eastern corner of the site will be protected and rehabilitated.
These relatively small but important areas of remnant vegetation will be protected from future development.
Approximately 485 hectare of the eastern part of the site has been identified for environmental protection purposes and will require rehabilitation with native plantings. A rehabilitation plan will be required from the outset of development and will be linked to development stages. This will protect and enhance the site's ecological values.
Considering the decision for the Caloundra Aerodrome to remain, are noise issues being considered?
EDQ is considering all relevant Australian standards and design requirements for development in the vicinity of aerodromes and airports. This is a requirement of the proposed development scheme.
What decisions have been made about the railway line?
The Sunshine Coast Regional Council previously indicated two possible alignments for the railway line on the draft structure plan - a northern alignment through the aerodrome, and the existing, protected alignment running parallel to Bells Creek South greenspace corridor.
The state government's decision that the aerodrome will not be relocated, means that the northern alignment through the aerodrome is no longer an option. The Department of Transport and Main Roads has advised the ULDA that the railway will follow the existing, protected alignment through the site.
The corridor is envisaged as a future high speed inter-city public transport system with a stop at Caloundra South at the Major Centre.
A transit station at the Major Centre will connect the railway with the bus system.
What is the Eastern Road Link for investigation?
Road network investigations have highlighted that a regional road from Caloundra South to the east is highly desirable.
The ULDA has identified an eastern road link for investigation parallel to the future passenger rail line. The Department of Transport and Main Roads with EDQ are undertaking further analysis to identify the most appropriate location, recognising the issues raised in submissions regarding increased traffic volumes in Pelican Waters. Particular attention is being given to identifying an alignment that minimises its impacts on the Pelican Waters community and on the environmental values of the area as well.
What specialist advice has EDQ received to assist with the preparation of the proposed development scheme?
To inform the preparation of the proposed development scheme, EDQ has sought where necessary specialist technical advice. This includes information on the following:
- road network
- hydraulic engineering requirements for flood management and stormwater quality management
- civil engineering on the extent of urban infrastructure
- economic aspects informing the location and scale of the major centre
How long will it take to complete developing the Caloundra South PDA?
Full development of the Caloundra South PDA is a long-term project (30&endash;40 years).
EDQ is not the developer within the Caloundra South PDA. EDQ has assumed the planning powers of local government and some state agencies, including assessing and deciding development applications and preparing a development scheme.
Who will live in the houses?
Anyone can live in the Caloundra South PDA. The diversity of product will ensure people from a range of socio-economic groups and professions can live within the PDA, including construction and industry workers, teachers, nurses, retail workers and hairdressers as well as singles, families and seniors.
How will EDQ ensure that 'affordable' housing is delivered?
To achieve houses which are affordable, EDQ focuses on the objective of minimising the price of new housing by:
- getting land to market faster
- streamlining development approvals
- simplifying planning requirements
The proposed development scheme includes a target requiring affordable housing to be delivered at a rate greater than 25 per cent for key workers and first time home buyers in accordance with the income targets in EDQ Housing Strategy.
EDQ proposes to deliver affordable housing through:
- working with developers to produce suitable housing designs to meet defined price points
- monitoring dwelling prices and amount of accessible housing produced
- including in landowner development agreements:
- provisions requiring the land owner deliver housing to achieve nominated price points and accessibility targets where the monitoring process indicates targets are not being achieved
- where subsidy is required to achieve these price points, additional provisions will be required to ensure the retention of the affordability over time.
EDQ is not a public housing or social housing provider. In Queensland, public housing is provided by the Department of Communities.
Can EDQ compulsorily acquire property?
EDQ does not have compulsory land acquisition powers and cannot forcibly acquire anyone's land.
What will housing look like in the Caloundra South PDA?
EDQ will work with key stakeholders to help deliver commercially viable development that includes diverse, affordable, sustainable housing and use best-practice urban design.
New development in Caloundra South will provide a range of housing choices to cater for the diverse needs of the local community through a mix of densities, types, designs, price points and home ownership and rental options.
Development will deliver neighbourhoods that appropriately interface with existing houses adjoining the PDA boundary by considering densities through appropriate planning and design controls such as lot layout, access arrangements and building heights.
Non-residential development within the PDA will preserve residential amenity through a variety of mechanisms such as open space or landscaped buffers, low impact transitional uses, reduced scale of buildings and other structures in transition areas.
EDQ is not the developer within the Caloundra South PDA. EDQ has assumed the planning powers of local government and some state agencies and is responsible for assessing and deciding development applications.
What happens with infrastructure provision?
EDQ recognises that the success of the Caloundra South PDA relies on the timely delivery of appropriate infrastructure.
To ensure the delivery of this infrastructure, EDQ has prepared an infrastructure funding framework which sets the charges that will apply within the PDA and fund the delivery of infrastructure.
EDQ worked with the local council, state agencies, land holders and developers in devising the infrastructure framework.
What will happen when a development application is lodged with EDQ?
When making a PDA development application, the application will be assessed by EDQ against the Urban Land Development Authority Act 2007 and the Caloundra South PDA Development Scheme.
How does EDQ development assessment process differ from the Sustainable Planning Act 2009?
Development applications over land outside a PDA are made to and assessed by the local government under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) and against the planning scheme.
Development applications over land within a PDA are instead made to and assessed by EDQ under the Urban Land Development Authority Act 2007 and against the PDA development scheme.
How can you lodge a PDA development application with EDQ?
At the lodgement of a development application, a preliminary review of the application is undertaken to ensure that all relevant information has been provided prior to accepting the application. If necessary, the applicant can request an acceptance letter to be issued after this review.
To lodge a development application either:
- Hand deliver by appointment to:
Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
63 George Street, Brisbane
- Post to:
Economic Development Queensland
PO Box 15009
City East QLD 4002.
When lodging a development application, the application will be assessed against the Economic Development Act 2012 and initially the interim land use plan until a development scheme becomes effective for the area.
To lodge a development application, please complete the development application form ( 2.0 MB) and forward to the department in accordance with details provided on this form.
Please refer to the development assessment page for information (e.g. application form) regarding the lodgement of your development application.
What does the EPBC Act mean for the Caloundra South PDA?
On 10 June 2011, the developer lodged a proposal under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) to undertake development within Caloundra South. The Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities determined that this proposal requires approval under the Act.
On 11 July 2011, the Minister determined that the proposed action is to be assessed by a Public Environment Report (PER). The developer is required to address the guidelines prepared by the federal government to allow an assessment of and decision on the proposal.
Opportunities for public comment on the draft PER will be provided after the draft has been submitted to the federal government.
It should be noted that land subject to the Bells Reach (previously referred to as Bellvista 2) approval is not part of this application. A decision on a previous application lodged over the existing Bellvista community and land subject to the Bellvista 2 site, determined the application did not require assessment under the EPBC Act.
Why was the development application for Bells Reach (previously known as Bellvista 2) approved before the approval of the development scheme?
Prior to the Caloundra South PDA Development Scheme coming into effect, development within the PDA was regulated under the Interim Land Use Plan (ILUP). The Caloundra South ILUP identified three precincts, including the Bellvista 2 site, which could be assessed prior to final approval of the development scheme by the Minister.
What are the proposed upgrades for Bellvista Boulevard?
EDQ has reviewed the upgrade of the Caloundra Road - Bellvista Boulevard roundabout and the resulting implications on the surrounding road network as part of the development assessment for Bellvista 2.
Currently a left hand slip lane for traffic exiting Bellvista Boulevard off the roundabout onto Caloundra Road is proposed. This will assist Bellvista Boulevard to manage the increased traffic that will occur.
While there have been calls for the duplication of Bellvista Boulevard, traffic generation reviews by independent consultants concluded that widening the road to four lanes is not necessary at this point in time, and instead will include the provision of a left hand slip lane for traffic exiting Bellvista Boulevard onto Caloundra Road to manage the traffic flow.
How will houses at Bells Reach be protected from airport noise?
The Urban Land Development Authority recently approved two development applications at Bells Reach (previously known as Bellvista 2).
Under the conditions of approval, any houses built on a lot affected by aircraft noise will need to:
- (a) meet relevant noise standards
- (b) comply with an Acoustic Covenant, which is attached to land and contains specified noise standards.
The noise standards will comply with the Australian standard for buildings near aircraft areas. Under the conditions, any purchasers of land will be required to acknowledge that they have sighted the noise requirements in the Acoustic Covenant. Potential purchasers will be informed about these requirements before purchasing in the noise affected areas.
Information is also intended to be shown on the local government rates notice for lots affected by aircraft noise.
Will these noise attenuation measures be enough?
Greater noise attenuation measures are in place for affected dwellings in Bells Reach than previously in the region.
The standards comply with the relevant Australian Standard for buildings near aircraft areas.