Palm Beach residents speak out
By YVONNE McLEAN
RESIDENTS of Palm Beach CBD ? which runs from Tallebudgera to Currumbin creeks on the beachside and is now extended west to Townson Avenue ? have spoken out loud and clear on their attitude to development change.
No high-rise buildings in excess of seven storeys, the suburb's seaside character to be maintained, and more and more green space to be created where possible.
According to the division councillor Daphne McDonald, these were the main points raised by the majority of the 80 to 100 people who turned out at the recent Palm Beach Local Area Plan information meeting.
Cr McDonald said she could not recall any similar meeting attended by so many residents.
"We usually get a few, and the response from the community proves beyond all doubt that there are growing determinations to ensure the LAP and subsequently the council's town plan, reflects community views and aspirations for the future," she said.
Cr McDonald said community opinions played a key role in the writing of local area plans and ultimately the town plan which directed the development path of the future.
However, she did agree that the state government's Regional Plan for the south-east 2005-2026, had the capacity to supersede a council town plan ? in some cases.
"There is no question that public opinion will continue to play a vital role in the way we move ahead and cope with increasing population. The government's plan to suggest higher population densities in domains where public transport is regular, but as far as Palm Beach is concerned, that seven-storey height now adopted by council and backed by the community will stay," Cr McDonald said.
However, because of population demands, and deepening environmental attitudes, there will be change. For instance, there was a tightening up of the regulations for duplex development.
The information meeting generally applauded the height limit that now existed at Palm Beach ? a limit Cr McDonald argued hard to achieve. Once upon a time, high-rises went up along the beach with little height control.
"I am urging residents who missed the recent information sessions to seek details from our town planning officer Kate Lyons on 55828652. Opinions count," she said.