Council limits Toondah building heights, marina

REDLAND City Council will ask the state government to amend draft designs for Toondah Harbour after community outcry over the initial planning scheme.

The council recommendations to the state, ratified at Wednesday’s full council meeting, include reducing building heights from 15 storeys to 10 and a 400-berth marina at Toondah Harbour instead of 800 berths.

The recommendations take into account 538 public submissions on the Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area and 234 on the Weinam Creek project.

The council submission also requests no net loss of open space at Cleveland’s GJ Walter Park.

Division 7 councillor Murray Elliott threw a curve ball into the debate and after nearly two hours of discussion called for height limits to be completely lifted as an enticement to investors.

But in the end, only Division 2 councillor Craig Ogilvie voted against the recommendation to keep heights at 10 storeys, claiming the designs were unsustainable and calling for them to be scrapped.

Council also voted to submit to the state its recommendations for Weinam Creek.

Recommendations for the Redland Bay precinct included ensuring parking is next to the ferry terminal and setting up a technical working group to advise on the non-commercial component of the next stage, taking expressions of interest.


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