UPDATE: Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce president Troy Deighton says developments like The Cosmopolitan proposed for Cotton Tree are just as important as the new Maroochydore CBD development itself.
He said integration of the new CBD's fringes was vital to ensure the success of the long-term CBD development.
"(Anything that assists) employment and assists small business and growth of the area is a good thing as long as it keeps with the balance of what we've got in the Maroochydore and Sunshine Coast area," he said.
"Th fringe of the CBD, it's just as important as the CBD itself to actually integrate it."
The proposal is set to come before the council on July 21 with officers recommending its approval.
More than 20 submissions were made against the application, many from nearby residents concerned about the impacts on their amenity and property value while Maroochydore RSL also made a submission raising concerns about the impact on traffic and parking in Memorial Ave as well as concerns over how building height was being calculated with allowance for flooding.
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The proposal is currently one metre above the current height restrictions for the area but the Daily understands if the proposal had been delayed in submission, it may have been approved thanks to incoming State Government legislation.
Planning portfolio councillor Christian Dickson said he expected the proposal to be given the green light by councillors as it was in the "right precinct" and flood-proofing was necessary in low-lying areas like Cotton Tree.
He said in-fill development in areas like Cotton Tree was "quite smart" and it was important the surrounds of the future CBD were not neglected.
A 143-unit luxury apartment complex looks set to be given the green light, bringing a major facelift to the heart of Maroochydore.
More than 1100 sq m of commercial space will be introduced as part of The Cosmopolitan development bordered by The Esplanade and Memorial Ave.
Sunshine Coast Council officers have recommended approval of the development which is one metre higher than current planning approvals, triggering an impact-assessable application.
Original approval had been given in October last year for the development which officers say is essentially the same, the only difference being the latest DA sits slightly taller, due to elevator over-run atop the proposed eight-storey building and flood risk mitigation height calculations.
The development will comprise of two buildings, with 850 sq m of commercial space in the north building and 300 sq m in the south building, put together by Canberra-based development firm Resemble Pty Ltd.
Units will be split, with 73 in the north building and 70 in the south, comprising 28 one-bedroom, 86 two-bedroom and 29 three-bedroom units in total.
There'll be a touch over 11% of the 5060 sq m site dedicated to open space, with both buildings to be interconnected and pedestrian walkways linking Memorial Ave and The Esplanade.
Division Eight councillor Jason O'Pray said he had no issues with the development's height, saying the application had come in just ahead of State Government changes related to flood level allowance which would see the application approved.
"It's an amazing development for Cotton Tree," Cr O'Pray said.
He said the work done by the developers, who had previously completed Space, Rovera and The Dunes in Cotton Tree all fitted the area well and said the latest proposal was quite boutique, searching for the "higher market" whcih Cotton Tree was now demanding.
Nearly 300 carparks would be provided while proposed office uses including health care services, food and beverage and shops in the north building and real estate offices or a bank flagged as ideal for the south building, with vehicle access to be made from Memorial Ave.
Despite the application sitting one metre above planning regulations, council officers have recommended approval with conditions.
The project is set to bring an economic windfall of about $1.4 million to the council in infrastructure charges.
"As the proposed building height is consistent with a proposed planning scheme amendment, where building height takes into account a flood hazard allowance, it is considered that approval of the application would not result in an undesirable precedent being created in this particular case," the report's summary reads.
"Furthermore, it is considered that the proposed additional one metre of building height is unlikely to cause any additional adverse impact on the amenity of the adjoining units to the east, with regard to views or overshadowing."
About 20 submissions were made against the proposal, largely from residents of neighbouring apartments, citing concerns about the impact on looks, views and values of their properties the new development would have, as well as a concern it could lead to further development outside of planning regulations.
The Maroochydore RSL submitted an extensive opposition to the proposed development, concerned about the impact of increased traffic to patron safety and the way the height of the proposed building was being calculated, among other issues including setback, site coverage, parking and flooding.
Do you the support development at Cotton Tree?
This poll ended on 15 July 2016.
Absolutely. It's a great location which needs a spruice up.
No. The height is an issue and it's going to lead to more developers pushing the boundaries.
It's better concentrating intense development in and around the future CBD so this is a smart move.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
The RSL took issue with building heights being calculated off flood-mitigation levels included in the nearby Maroochydore Principle Regional Activity Centre rather than the Tourist Accommodation Zone the proposal sits within.
Owner-manager of nearby business The Prickly Pinata, Elise Barry, said she thought overall the proposal was more positive than negative and was a "very good development" bringing opportunities for local businesses in the area as it attracted new residents and visitors.
"It's (Cotton Tree) a developing boutique area," she said.
"It's (development site) a tooth missing in a mouth (at present).
"It's very good use of space and it's a great opportunity for the people who can live there."
Another local business owner who preferred to remain anonymous said she was unsure it was a good thing if more hospitality venues opened up, but if it brought more people in then it may be a boost to local operators.
"It's a prime location," she said.
The developers, Resemble Pty Ltd, through their consultants Project Urban have opted not to discuss the application further until the council has made its decision.
Sunshine Coast Councillors will next meet on July 21, with the proposal the first major item of business on the agenda.
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