Brisbane City Council (BCC) has recently submitted an updated Sherwood/Graceville Neighbourhood Plan to the Queensland State Government for approval. WTSAG acknowledges that Council has listened to residents and changes have been made to preserve the character area in Corinda between Oxley Road and Clara Street. However five storey development is still proposed in Corinda between Oxley Road and the railway line to the West, as far south as Lynne Grove Avenue. An area for 5 storey development around St. Aidans is still proposed.
In addition, the new plan has greatly increased the proposed 5 storey area in Sherwood stretching from Sherwood Road, to the north, past Quarry Road to the south, west of Oxley Road to the Railway Line and east to Jerrold Street. An extract of BCC's map of the new 5 storey areas can be seen on the WTSAG website http://wtsag.org.au/content/sherwood-graceville-neighbourhood-plan-updat...
This updated plan with the additional proposed 5 storey areas does not address all the resident concerns from last August's meeting, especially with regard to additional infrastructure required to support this density. At the meeting between residents and BCC in August 2009 over 500 residents attended and council planners noted:
"There is significant community concern associated with the proposal of up to five storey development around the Corinda and Sherwood Centres. This concern is associated with increased traffic, parking issues, noise impacts, loss of character and perceived social consequences. Most attendees felt that growth could not be accommodated without upgrading the existing road and transport infrastructure. Strong community opinion was expressed that provision and upgrading of infrastructure needs to occur before density is increased."
See http://wtsag.org.au/content/bcc-summary-reports-community-feedback-neigh... for the reported outcomes of the meeting.
Walter Taylor South Action Group Inc will be engaging with residents, especially those in the newly affected areas, to ascertain their opinions of the proposed plan. We would encourage residents to continue to share their opinions through the WTSAG website at www.wtsag.org.au until the formal submission period with council begins (expected around the middle of the year).
WTSAG continues to research the other proposed changes to the Sherwood/Graceville Neighbourhood plan and will keep residents informed as more information comes to hand.
About WTSAG: The Walter Taylor South Action Group's objective is to influence State Government and Brisbane City Council approaches to urban planning so that Urban planning processes involve input from residents and Processes/design codes are managed to avoid inappropriate and unharmonious development.
Contact details can be found at http://wtsag.org.au/content/contact-details