Save The Gap

Principal Petitioner Shane Bevis, The Gap
Date Closed Tue, 30 Sep 2014 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 745 signatures

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Residents draw the attention of the Lord Mayor, Councillor Graham Quirk; Councillor Geraldine Knapp and Brisbane City councillors to the inappropriate expansion of the proposed master-planned community on land bordering The Gap and Upper Kedron contained in the development application A003905687, submitted to Council on 26 June 2014. The Gap is currently a suburb surrounded by environmental corridors and protected green space. This makes The Gap a unique suburb in the geography of Brisbane. This unique quality has been recognised and protected in city plans, including the City Plan 2014, and is a significant factor in the decision of The Gap residents choosing to live in this suburb. The proposed master-planned community joining The Gap and Upper Kedron will end this.

We the undersigned, call on Lord Mayor Graham Quirk to refuse the proposed master-planned community (development application A003905687) and raise the following objections:

1.The proposed development removes environmental management zoning that will irrevocably and negatively change the character of The Gap and does not comply with the City Plan 2014.

2.The 360 building lots in stages 1 and 2, and likely 1,000 or more lots in future stages, is a very significant and unsustainable expansion of urban space that will negatively impact public transport, schools and other infrastructure in The Gap.

3.The proposed development of lots less than 400 square metres is out of character with the surrounding suburbs or location of the proposed development on Brisbane’s western fringe.

4.The proposed development is contrary to the City Plan 2000 and City Plan 2014’s protection of space for environmental management for land bordering The Gap and Upper Kedron.

5.The proposed access onto Mt Nebo Road is contrary to the Ferny Grove/Upper Kedron Local Plan.

6.The proposed access onto Mt Nebo Road will dramatically increase road traffic on Waterworks Road to unsustainable levels. Petitioners note that increased traffic will not only be from the new development but also from the adjoining Upper Kedron area.

7.The removal of environmental management zoning in favor of urban development, coupled with direct road access through The Gap to Upper Kedron will end the "cul-de-sac" character and lifestyle that is integral to the quality of life for residents in The Gap.