What is Happening in Newport?

Newport Waterways Marina

MBRC started its decision making process on Monday 8 July 2019. 35 business days are allocated to reach its decision. If Council and the applicant agree, this time can however be extended.

Thank you to everyone who promoted our Petition, which was lodged with Council last Monday.

We are all hoping that good sense will prevail and that MBRC will support its Strategic Plan.

On Tuesday 23 July, our President spoke to the General Meeting of MBRC regarding the importance of adhering to the Strategic Plan for Moreton Bay Region.  You can read this speech in our latest news section.

Stockland Development Application

Next Generation Neighbourhood Precincts can be found across the Peninsula and the Moreton Bay Region. ‘Stockland Newport’ is one of them.

Stockland has currently lodged four development applications for Newport. One application, to change one lot into 26, is impact assessable because of a number of non-conformances with the Planning Scheme.

Its non-conformances will cause unexpected, negative impacts. If approved, a precedent for future applications will be set.

NAG has lodged a submission opposing the application, based on the non-conformances and in the hope that Stockland will revise its application to conform with Planning requirements.

MBRC Planning Scheme Amendment

 Many of you will have looked at MBRC’s planned changes on the Council website. There is a lot of reading!

One proposed change is in the Next Generation Neighbourhood Precinct. It proposes to remove the maximum density of 75 dwellings per hectare, allowing setbacks, site cover and building height requirements to determine the maximum density instead. We have reviewed the likely impacts.

On certain lots, more than 75 dwellings per hectare could be constructed. In comparison, the Town Houses that are built next to Newport Marina have a density of 49 dwellings per hectare.

We have lodged a submission to Council which voices our concerns regarding removing the maximum density restriction.

A recent editorial in the Redcliffe and Bayside Herald reminds us of why we are here:

“We need to ensure Redcliffe keeps its identity and remains unique, not become a replica of other seaside locations….it is important that residents have their say on the Moreton Bay Master plan, when given the opportunity to voice concerns and share their ideas.’