Planning application at Forestdale Shopping Centre 1-13 Forestdale Drive Forestdale QLD 4118

A. Floyd-Smith sent a message to Laurie Smith.

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A. Floyd-Smith
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Planning application at Forestdale Shopping Centre 1-13 Forestdale Drive Forestdale QLD 4118
Date
March 17, 2019, 6:44 a.m.
A critical factor in achieving community and council support for the original daycare development was the undertaking given by the new owner to support the community and existing businesses. This was overtly articulated during community consultation and NW meetings. Plans provided clearly display the full occupancy of the complex of shops at that time (i.e. "Existing Bakery, Medical Centre, Cafe, Hair and Beauty Salon, and Personal Training"). This was demonstrably achievable, as recently as 2016.

Despite appeals from the community to preserve this historically treasured "hub", actions were reportedly taken by the new owner which affected the viability of these existing small businesses. Vacancies rapidly followed. Morale of residents was notably affected. Subsequently, the community has become aware of multiple approaches, often by locals, with interest in reestablishing the block of shops. It would appear that there has been no genuine appetite to 'meet the current market' to enable this?

And now, this planning application represents an attempt to remove the last vestiges of community infrastructure available to Forestdale as a whole. Expansion of a daycare centre not yet even at capacity, primarily to benefit commuters and profit for the owner (of this and multiple other centers). But nowhere remaining for the locals to even buy a loaf of bread or milk, let alone meet socially, without getting into cars and leaving the suburb.

Despite paying one of the highest Council rates in the region, Forestdale has no sewerage, no public transport service and very limited mobile coverage. It remains in limbo regarding a major freight route to pass within metres of homes. In my opinion, removing this small retail precinct cannot fail to further affect property values and negatively impact the quality of life of residents. I strongly believe that it is the responsibility of Council, in assessing the merits of this application, to appropriately weigh these ramifications and protect constituents

From A. Floyd-Smith to local councillor Laurie Smith

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A. Floyd-Smith posted this message to you on PlanningAlerts in response to the following planning application.

Your reply, and any other response to this email, will be sent to A. Floyd-Smith and posted on the PlanningAlerts website publicly.

Planning Application for Forestdale Shopping Centre 1-13 Forestdale Drive Forestdale QLD 4118

Description: Change of Use - Childcare Building & Office

Read more and see what others have to say here:
https://www.planningalerts.org.au/applications/1169677?utm_campaign=view-application&utm_medium=email&utm_source=councillor-notifications

Best wishes,

PlanningAlerts
From
Laurie Smith
Date
March 19, 2019, 5:59 a.m.
Like you, it was a sense of loss when our convenience shop and other small businesses closed and left our community, how great was it to drop in, grab a hot chook, chips and gravy on a busy week night, or on a lazy Sunday morning a fresh hot loaf of bread and croissants (if you were in early enough) grab a good coffee on the way to work ,or for some, shed a few kilos in the gym..
As we know a business that had no prior connection to our community purchased the complex and have established a child care centre which is what their business delivers.
Fortunately our local hairdresser continues to serve its long established customer base.
Gone was our ability to drop in for a quick chat with owners and staff who knew our names and provided jobs for our young ones looking to earn a bit of extra dollars.


Below is the response I received from councils Development /Planning section based on my request for further information in relation to what the owner has to comply with or is restricted to in relation to the extension of the centre.
It is important to note there is no development application as such and in fact is classed as a self-assessable material change of use which only needs a building certifier to approve,
Council has no ability to refuse the proposed change of use.


Child Care Centre at 1-13 Forestdale Drive

* There is an existing development approval for a Child Care Centre at 1-13 Forestdale Drive Forestdale.
* This development approval was issued on 28 September 2016 and approved a Child Care Centre in the southern portion of the Shopping centre site with a capacity for 50 children.
* This development application was Code Assessable under the Logan Planning Scheme 2015 (meaning no public notification is required), as a Child Care Centre is an intended use that’s allowed in the Neighbourhood Centre zoning that applies to the shopping centre site. A development application was only required as the proposal included a new building area.
* Details of the development application and approval are available on Council’s website - below is a link to the application materials:-
http://pdonline.logan.qld.gov.au/MasterViewUI/Modules/ApplicationMaster/default.aspx?page=wrapper&key=1909617

Current extension

* It is important to note that no development application is required for the current extension.
* The information on the planning alerts website relates to a building application by a private building certifier ( reference BW-1804/2019). This is a building application under the Building Act 1975 and National Construction Code (formerly known as the Building Code of Australia). There is no development application or development approval for the extension.
* A Child Care Centre is Accepted Development (meaning no development application is required) in the Neighbourhood Centre zoning that applies to the shopping centre site, if it involves the use existing buildings.
As the Child Care Centre extension will be occurring in the existing shopping centre building, no development application will be required provided the applicant complies with the relevant planning scheme requirements such as car parking




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Subject: Planning application at Forestdale Shopping Centre 1-13 Forestdale Drive Forestdale QLD 4118

A critical factor in achieving community and council support for the original daycare development was the undertaking given by the new owner to support the community and existing businesses. This was overtly articulated during community consultation and NW meetings. Plans provided clearly display the full occupancy of the complex of shops at that time (i.e. "Existing Bakery, Medical Centre, Cafe, Hair and Beauty Salon, and Personal Training"). This was demonstrably achievable, as recently as 2016.

Despite appeals from the community to preserve this historically treasured "hub", actions were reportedly taken by the new owner which affected the viability of these existing small businesses. Vacancies rapidly followed. Morale of residents was notably affected. Subsequently, the community has become aware of multiple approaches, often by locals, with interest in reestablishing the block of shops. It would appear that there has been no genuine appetite to 'meet the current market' to enable this?

And now, this planning application represents an attempt to remove the last vestiges of community infrastructure available to Forestdale as a whole. Expansion of a daycare centre not yet even at capacity, primarily to benefit commuters and profit for the owner (of this and multiple other centers). But nowhere remaining for the locals to even buy a loaf of bread or milk, let alone meet socially, without getting into cars and leaving the suburb.

Despite paying one of the highest Council rates in the region, Forestdale has no sewerage, no public transport service and very limited mobile coverage. It remains in limbo regarding a major freight route to pass within metres of homes. In my opinion, removing this small retail precinct cannot fail to further affect property values and negatively impact the quality of life of residents. I strongly believe that it is the responsibility of Council, in assessing the merits of this application, to appropriately weigh these ramifications and protect constituents

From A. Floyd-Smith to local councillor Laurie Smith

=========================================================================

A. Floyd-Smith posted this message to you on PlanningAlerts in response to the following planning application.

Your reply, and any other response to this email, will be sent to A. Floyd-Smith and posted on the PlanningAlerts website publicly.

Planning Application for Forestdale Shopping Centre 1-13 Forestdale Drive Forestdale QLD 4118

Description: Change of Use - Childcare Building & Office

Read more and see what others have to say here:
https://www.planningalerts.org.au/applications/1169677?utm_campaign=view-application&utm_medium=email&utm_source=councillor-notifications<https://www.planningalerts.org.au/applications/1169677?utm_campaign=view-application&utm_medium=email&utm_source=councillor-notifications>

Best wishes,

PlanningAlerts
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