Development and gentrification
Whether it’s a residential or commercial development that is approved, all new projects have to go through the same council approval process. For a lot of larger scale projects, a community consultation also has to take place. Signs are erected at the proposed site, locals are notified of the project and members of the community are invited to submit written statements in support or opposition of the development. Even after this process is conducted, the construction of a building can cause controversy within the community too.
Last year, we wrote about quite a few projects that had our readers very vocal. With us nearing the end of February, and 2019 now officially in full swing, we thought it was time to provide an update on these controversial new property developments — a “where are they now” of sorts.
After receiving developmental approval from council in November of 2018, Crown Group are looking to move forward with sales for their Victoria Street development. This high-density apartment development faced vehement opposition by locals, with the five building, 12-storey, 400 apartment development significantly larger than any other development close by. Despite this,
R&F Properties also submitted plans last year for a master-planned apartment project right on the riverfront, consisting of seven towers and nearly 1,000 apartments. The Chinese developer lodged revised plans for the first stage of the development in early December 2018, during a time when most local residents who may oppose the development were out of town for Christmas. This project, now revealed to be titled “Viva”, is currently working with the council on obtaining approval for Stage 1.
Back in September 2018, Mirvac’s plans for a 6-hectare site at Ashmore Street were causing a stir in the middle-ring suburb of Everton Park. With upwards of a hundred submissions from locals opposing the development. In response to the opposition, Mirvac made a lot of changes to the masterplan, including reducing the total number of residences from 139 to 124 and almost doubling the number of visitor car parks. The most significant changes were removing all plans for three-storey townhouses (scaling these back to two-storey townhouses) and scaling back the number of new townhouses in total. As a result of these changes, the council approved Mirvac’s development proposal in January this year. Within the last week, those who opposed the development have been officially notified. They have 20 days to lodge an appeal, otherwise, it’s all systems go for Mirvac’s latest project.
The mid-year announcement of the sale of the North Lakes Golf Club had locals up in arms. From poster