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Approved Ministerial Infrastructure Designation for Extensions to an Educational Establishment

85 North Road, Wynnum West – Approved Ministerial Infrastructure Designation for Extension to an Educational Establishment 

The Planning Place, on behalf of the Iona College School,has obtained approval for a Ministerial Infrastructure Designation forextensions to an educational establishment from the Minister for the Departmentof State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (DSMIP) todesignate the premises at 85 North Road, Wynnum West, Queensland.

On 13 February 2020, the Ministerial for DSDMIP issued aDecision Notice (DSDMIP Reference: MID-0919-0371) to designate the subject sitefor ‘educational facilities’ under Section 38 of the Planning Act 2016. Thedesignation took effect on the 21 February 2020 when a gazette notice waspublished in the Queensland Government Gazette (No. 36). The designationincludes a Multi-purpose Hall/Gathering Space of approximately 4,440m2of floor area and associated carparking area. The project involves a schoolextension accommodating the same student numbers as currently while providingfor improved state-of-the-art school educational infrastructure and facilitiesat the school.

Extension to a Childcare Centre

180 Jubilee Terrace, Bardon – Extension to aChild Care Centre on behalf of a community organisation, to a Locally ListedHeritage Place with State Government Referral for a State Controlled Road(Jubilee Terrace)


Prelodgementdiscussions were held with Council to gain in-principle support for theproposal, and an early Referral Agency Response was sought from SARA, to allowthe Development Application to be processed and approved by Council, as quicklyas possible. Delays were had as a result of the length of time taken byCouncil to issue an invoice for the application fee with the application beingon behalf of a charitable organisation. Due to these delays, thedecision was made to pay the full fee, and seek a refund post lodgement. 

This shows thatwhat should be trivial matters can cause delays due to Council processes. The application wasapproved in one month, with approval being issued just before Christmas, asdesired by the client.

Subdivision and Project Management and Plan Sealing

60 Kennigo Street, Spring Hill – Subdivision, Project Management and Plan Sealing

The proposal wasfor a 2 into 2 subdivision, due to Council owning an Access Restriction Stripat the Grenier Street frontage of the site.  A prelodgement meeting anddiscussions were held with Council to gain in-principle support for thesubdivision to lot sizes less than the Acceptable Outcome, to gain Councilconsent for the lodgement of the application (as they were the owner of one ofthe lots) and conversion of the Access Restriction Strip to road reserve.

Approval was dulygranted, with conditions requiring earthworks, road dedications and easementsfor stormwater infrastructure.  Both adjoining properties possessedretaining walls near to the common boundaries, hence close liaison with saidneighbours was necessary during the required excavation works.

As a result of ourproject management of the works, the proposal was eligible for Council’sSealSMART fast-tracking process, with the plan being sealed by Council in only 4business days from lodgement, with no further issues requiring resolution.

Significant Benefits of an Infrastructure Designation

An Infrastructure Designation is an opportunity to designatepremises for the development of essential infrastructure and services, quicker,at lower cost and without risk of appeal. Since the introduction of the PlanningAct 2016, private entities can request for infrastructure designation,where previously only public sector entities could request these designations.Schools, hospitals and sporting clubs can be allocated as a designation. Wherea proposed designation is considered low Impact, the Minister has the authorityto further streamline the assessment process reducing the assessment time frame.Notable benefits of a Infrastructure Designation include:

  • Time Frame: Assessment time frame is generally shorter for significant projects given the higher level and principle-based assessment process.
  • Cost: There is no application fee and no applicable Infrastructure charges for certain developments.
  • Appeals: There are no third party appeal rights to infrastructure designation decisions (though there are no applicant appeals).
  • Flexibility: Approval relates to a development envelope as opposed to a detailed plan(s), allowing the proposal more flexibility in terms of design and siting into the future.
  • Approvals: No further planning approvals are required for the scope of works approved in the Infrastructure Designation. Approval to carry out building work under the Building Act 1975, and operational works approved to carry work outside of the site’s boundaries are still required.

Proposed Ministerial Infrastructure Designation for an Extension to an Educational Establishment

Proposed Ministerial Infrastructure Designation of premises for Extensions to an Educational Establishment under the Planning Act 2016

On behalf of the Iona College School, The Planning Place has requested that the Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning designate the premises at 85 North Road, Wynnum West, Queensland. This proposed Infrastructure Designation has been requested in accordance with Chapter 2, Part 5 of the Planning Act 2016.

Type of Infrastructure:

It is proposed to designate the subject land for the following type of infrastructure in accordance with Schedule 5 (Infrastructure), Section 13, Part 2 (Other Infrastructure) of the Planning Regulations 2017:

  • Item 6: Educational Facilities

Description of Infrastructure:

The project to be undertaken in stage will include:

  • A Multi-purpose Hall/Gathering Space of approximately 4,440m2 of floor area and associated carparking area.
  • It will involve a school extension accommodating the same student numbers as currently but providing improved school infrastructure and facilities at the school. 

The proposed Infrastructure Designation applies to the land owned by the Iona College School (the owner of the assets and operations of the school). The site is bounded by Sandy Camp Road to the north, Bulgin Avenue to the east, Alness St Wynnum West and the railway corridor to the south, and is dissected by North Road between the main college area and the western sports fields.

Intended Outcomes of Proposed Infrastructure:

The proposed designation will provide improved and state-of-the-art educational facilities to enable Australian Curriculum to be delivered to meet the needs of the school and its students, while providing ongoing long-term educational and associated employment opportunities.

Have your say:

To have your say about the proposed Ministerial Designation, you can make a submission, on or before 21st November 2019, to the Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning. The Proposed Infrastructure Designation DSDMIP Reference is: MID-0919-0371. All submissions can be made to the Infrastructure Designation team via:

If you wish to discuss the proposal, please contact the Infrastructure Designations team within the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning on 1300 967 433, or at the above email address.

New Dwelling House within the Traditional Building Character Overlay on a Small Lot

 

 


474 Cavendish Rd, Coorparoo – New Dwelling House withinthe Traditional Building Character Overlay on a Small Lot, contained within theCharacter (Character) Residential Zone.

The application was approved promptly by Council throughRiskSmart, taking 7 business days in total from lodgement of the application.

The dwelling appropriately addressed the slope of thesite in a manner consistent with Council’s expectations of traditional buildingcharacter.

Multiple Dwelling with Retention of a Pre-1946 House in a Partial 3-Storey Building

The Planning Place were able to obtain approval for a Material Change of use for Multiple Dwelling (5 units with retention of apre-1946 Dwelling House) and Building Works for partial demolition of pre-1946Dwelling House in the Traditional building character overlay at 25 Noble Street, Camp Hill.

 

The application triggered an Impact assessable development application requiring public notification due to the proposal exceeding the prescribed maximum allowed of two storeys under the City Plan 2014.Notwithstanding, The Planning Place successfully achieved a partial third storey building and a site cover of 53.7% on a 814m2 site area.

 

The building design allowed for increased side setbacks atthe upper storey (exceeding the Multiple Dwelling Code requirements) to ensure suitable height transition and building separation to the adjoining dwellings.The townhouses are configured as two separate buildings to achieve a broken upbuilt form and comprised a stepped built form with a semi-basement car park level to take account of the sloping constrained site. The proposed partial demolition and revitalisation of the pre-1946 house was sensitively incorporated into the new built form, and achieved a maximum building height under 9.5m at all sections of the buildings, ensuring the development will maintain a consistent and compatible height, scale and traditional building character appearance to the street scape and locality.

 

The development application was lodged under the currentLow-Medium Density Residential Zoning provisions prior to the Council’s anticipated major planning scheme amendment to the City Plan 2014 being brought into place, which seeks to down-zone many properties under the Neighbourhood Local Plan to Character Residential Zone. The landowner therefore was able to exercise existing land use rights and exploit development opportunity under the current zoning provisions. Following the zone changes, the subsequent outcom ewill represent reduced development potential due to a reduction in the number of dwellings that could be established on the subject land size.

Multiple Dwelling with Retention of a Pre-1946 House

Located in the sought after area of Green slopes, The Planning Place were able to obtain approval at 39 Chats worth Road, Green slopes for this four townhouse development with sensitive integration of a retained pre-1946 house into the built form,and successfully achieving a site cover of 52.1% on a 711m2 block with a 15.94m road frontage. The developer sought to gain a marketable residential unit product for the locality with the highest possible yield. The architecturally designed townhouse apartments is a great example of generous sized residences with roof top terraces on the rear building to take advantage of City views and each with double lock-up garages. The design comprised a stepped built form with a semi-basement car park level to take account of a constrained sloping site.
Notably, the client was able to exercise existing land use rights and development opportunity under the site’s current Low-Medium Density Residential Zone before the Council’s anticipated major planning scheme amendment to the City Plan 2014 is brought into place, which seeks to down-zone numerous properties under the Neighbourhood Local Plan to Character Residential Zone. What this means is, that following the zone changes, the subsequent outcome will be reduced development potential due to a reduction in the number of dwellings that could be established on the subject land size.

Planning and Environmental Court Appeal Victory – 3 Storey Dwelling Houses

 

A Planning & Environment Court Appeal was lodged byThe Planning Place against Council’s refusal of an application involving twonew Dwelling Houses, of 3 storeys (plus basement) in height, in Rupert St,Windsor. Council refused the application primarily on the basis ofthe height of the Dwellings not being consistent with the bulk and scale ofother dwellings within the street and local area.
The Court granted the approval, with Judge Kefford,stating that the word ‘consistent’ allows for some elasticity, with therelevant Performance Outcomes of the Planning Scheme relating to buildingheight not calling for a purely numerical or quantitative approach. Judge Kefford stated that there was no prevailing heightof buildings in the immediate vicinity of the site. The dwellings were considered to be consistent andcompatible with a number of  nearby and adjoining dwellings in terms ofthe height, but also in terms of the existing setting and context. Features of the proposed design of the dwellings also contributed to theconsistency of the building height.
The favourable judgement demonstrates that Council’sdogmatic and rigid approach to building height is not the intent of thePlanning Scheme, and that building design, and surrounding context is ofsignificant importance.  Council does not always appropriately follow theprovisions of their Planning Scheme, and hence taking the matter to Court is theappropriate response to obtain a favourable outcome. It is important to note that not all appeals proceed totrial, and in the majority of occasions, an appeal can be successfully resolvedwith negotiations prior to a trial being necessary.

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