Bracken Ridge councillor in hot water

By on February 10, 2014

CR Amanda Cooper (Bracken Ridge ward) is the target of community anger following her council committee’s controversial decision to approve a 20-storey development in an area of Kangaroo Point limited to 10 storeys by the Local Neighbourhood Plan.

A group of residents, who live near to the proposed development, have lodged an appeal in the Planning and Environment Court, arguing the development is outside the limits set by the Kangaroo Point Neighbourhood Plan.

Cr Cooper said in March 2013 that the Neighbourhood Plans were designed to give “certainty” to the community and to industry, about what they could expect to be built in their area. And just nine months later the promise of certainty has disappeared as a major developer is approved for a development clearly outside the Neighbourhood Plan guidelines which specify 10 storeys.

When she announced her decision to approve the project, Cr Cooper said the building was consistent height and bulk as other buildings in the area.

“The area already supports higher density living and the development is consistent with other buildings along the city skyline, while still achieving a sustainable design that reflects existing architecture in the area,” she said in November.

“This is the second time an application has been submitted to council for this site, with the first approval granted in 2008 for a 20-storey tower,” she said.

“While the current application is for more units than originally approved, the applicant has since reduced the height from 90.5 metres to 83.15 metres and retained the 20-storey height limit, as was supported by the Planning and Environment Court.”

Karen Williams, a resident involved with the appeal, told local magazine Village News that it was “gobsmacking” that Cr Cooper could ignore the Neighbourhood Plan.

She said while parts of Kangaroo Point were available to 20-storey projects, this particular part, in Cairns and Lambert streets, was limited to 10 storeys.

Cr Cooper’s spokesperson said Cr Cooper declined to respond to questions.

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