Pelican Waters Southern Lakes was recently granted its Preliminary Approval by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council. What this means is that Council and the State Government has approved the ‘uses’ applied for along with the general scale and form of development intended across the site.
The next phase of development applications are currently being reviewed and will be lodged over the next 6 months. These applications will be aimed at securing Development Permits to both subdivide and construct the land.
A development of this size takes some time to get right. The Master Plan approval recently obtained will hopefully assist in moving subsequent applications through much faster. We are targeting 2013 to have land developed within the Southern Lakes development and expect a 15 year development time line.
The Southern Lakes precinct will consist of a town centre (The Heart) surrounded by mixed density residential development. The current approval allows a mix of the following types of uses:
- Restaurants/Coffee shops
- Boutique retail
- Child care
- Convenience centre
- Post Office
- Commercial offices
- Medical centre
- Boat Stacker
- Tourist accommodation
- Mixed Density Residential
- Open space
The new Southern Lakes Development will provide a place to live, work and play. Not only will it create opportunities for both waterfront and main street businesses, it will also be a centre of convenience with plenty of car parking, a medical centre, child care centre, banks and maybe a post office. We want to create atmosphere and a reason for people to visit Pelican Waters
Town Centre Overview
The town centre will be located north east facing over a marina catering for boats up to 12m long with many wet berths available. Additionally there will be a commercial marina precinct consisting of a dry stack boat facility and, pending further approvals refuelling and pump out facilities. The boat stacker will mean a convenient way for someone living in a unit to own a boat. All they will have to do is make a phone call and the boat will be fuelled and in the water ready to go. Boats will have a refuelling and pump out point which will be far safer and more environmentally sustainable than what is available now.
Generally the buildings within the town centre will range from four to six storey's with the ground and first floors approved for a mix of business uses from commercial/corporate offices to standard main street retail and the upper floors for residential. There is also likely to be a taller building in the order of 10 storey's. Walkable foreshores are planned extending from the Pelican Waters Tavern around the new marina and town centre. There will be links with the existing shopping village and there is no doubt the new town centre will add value to the existing business community. A massive 3ha village park will be located adjacent the town centre adjacent to future community facilities. The streets around the town centre will be designed to allow cars to move through with ease but also give an opportunity for the streets to be closed and markets to be established on a periodic basis.
A mix of both waterfront and dry blocks will surround the town centre. Here will exist the opportunities to build residential homes, town houses and multi unit buildings to a range of sizes and styles. The Town Centre island is targeted for higher density living due to its proximity to the main street and takes advantage of its waterfront setting. Additionally the 3ha village park will provide a spectacular outlook for the residential product that surrounds it. However we have also maintained the product that Pelican Waters been so famous for over the past 20 year and that is the premium waterfront land with exclusive access for land owners to the water.
Parks and Open Space.
There are a number of massive parks proposed throughout the development. These consist of a 3ha village park located on the town centre island, an enormous 5ha park located along the Bells Creek end of the development and a 1ha park, also located along Bells Creek. Other smaller parks and open spaces will be provided all connected by kilometers of cycle/pedestrian paths and the walkable waterfront paths.