Sekisui asks council to abort Monday's vote
MAYOR Mark Jamieson has confirmed Sunshine Coast Council has today fielded an eleventh hour request from developer Sekisui House to abandon a special meeting to determine whether to proceed with planning scheme amendments.
At midday today, council officers released a report into whether the council should consider making amendments to its current planning scheme to pave the way for Sekisui House's proposed Yaroomba beachside resort and residential development.
This report suggested the council should not amend the planning scheme to allow for the proposal.
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It has emerged that the Japanese development firm contacted the council and requested it go no further with the scheme amendment consideration, which was scheduled for discussion and decision at a special meeting this Monday.
Cr Jamieson this afternoon confirmed contact had been made, but he also confirmed Monday's special meeting in Caloundra will go ahead regardless.
"First and foremost, this is a decision for council to make an amendment to its plan, it's not driven by Sekisui House or anybody else," Cr Jamieson said.
"Absolutely, the meeting will go ahead.
"At the end of the day, what's important is the meeting goes forward and we move on."
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While the mayor was steadfast in his belief the meeting should proceed, he was less willing to take a hard-line when asked whether Sekisui House would be afforded the same lengthy process with the council if the developer was to re-submit plans for the Yaroomba site.
"Sekisui House are the owners of the land at Yaroomba, that provides (them) with certain entitlements," Cr Jamieson said.
When asked whether he would insist Sekisui House fronts up with a formal development application, instead of entertaining lengthy discussions and committing further council resources, Cr Jamieson refused to take a definitive approach.
"How they choose to move forward with the land at Yaroomba is up to them," he offered.
Sekisui House senior development manager Evan Aldridge confirmed yesterday afternoon that the company had notified the council of its intention to cease the push for an amendment to the planning scheme.
"Sekisui House has today notified the CEO of Sunshine Coast Council that it revokes its request and submission for an amendment to the Coolum Local Area Plan and the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme," Mr Aldridge said.
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