Labrador residents have come out in full force to discuss proposed changes to the City Plan and learn how to make submissions to Council.
Over 350 people were gathered at last night’s ‘City Plan Public Forum’, hoping to scale back some of Council’s plans for the area.
Under the proposed changes, 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.
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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, and 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.
Bonney MP Sam O’Connor has been particularly critical of the proposed changes for the area, and championed last night’s information session.
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He’s also criticised the public consultation process, arguing it’s extremely difficult for residents to understand it and lodge a submission.
Though he was elated with last night’s turn out, thanking everyone for coming – including Councillor Cameron Caldwell.
“It shows just how much locals care about this issue. They want this proposal scaled back and for Labrador and Biggera Waters to keep some low density zoning,” Mr O’Connor posted to Facebook last night.
“A special shout out to Council’s Planning Committee Chair Cr Cameron Caldwell for coming to talk about the changes and to take questions.
“You might not have liked everything he had to say but you have to respect the fact that he turned up. It shows Council are listening to what we have to say and will hopefully make changes.
“I’ll post the submission I put together and a link to my petition for you to sign if you support it,” his post reads.
Mainly, residents were wanting to know how they go about making a submission to Council to make sure they have their say.
For more information about how you can have your say on the City Plan, click here.