A Gold Coast State MP has slammed proposed changes to the City Plan, warning it will ‘destroy’ Labrador.
Bonney MP Sam O’Connor has also criticised the public consultation process, arguing it’s extremely difficult for residents to understand it and lodge a submission.
Labrador has been highlighted as a targeted growth area over the next 20 years along with Biggera Waters and Southport West.
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Under the proposed changes, the density of the three suburbs would be increased due to their proximity to transport, community facilities, services and infrastructure.
Labrador would lose its low density zoning currently in place across large parts of the suburb with the majority of the suburb to be rezoned low-medium, while some other parts will see even higher density.
Under the changes, height limits between Government Rd and Turpin Rd would go up to 16 metres.
Limits between Turpin Rd and Muir St will be increased by as much as 26 metres.
Between Muir St and Frank St, height limits will go from 29 metres to 53 metres.
From Frank St to the Broadwater the height limit will go from 53 metres to 67 metres, with the exception of the old KFC site which could be as high as 110 metres.
Chirn Park could also see buildings as high as 26 metres.
Mr O’Connor says he has major concerns about the impact the changes would have on the suburb.
“It destroys the suburban part of Labrador, proudly one of the oldest parts of the Gold Coast with some beautiful houses and a great community vibe by the Broadwater,” Mr O’Connor posted on Facebook.
“I support development, we all live in the product of it, but it has to be the right development in the right area. It can’t be at the expense of character and community.
“If Labrador needs density it should be focussed towards the water and along key transport corridors like it is on other parts of the Gold Coast. It shouldn’t creep into our suburban area.”
Mr O’Connor says if areas like Chevron Island, Sovereign Island, Isle of Capri and Paradise Waters are being preserved for low-density, then it’s good enough for Labrador.
He’s urging residents to make sure they have their say before October 25.
But he’s also hit out at the process.
“You basically need a degree in Town Planning preferably as a dual with Information Technology to get a submission in.”
Mr O’Connor is looking at opening up his office to allow residents to use his computers in order to lodge their objections.
Residents can have their say at www.gchaveyoursay.com.au/ourcityourplan