QUEENSLAND Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad last week said she has called in the West Village mixed-use development application on the Absoe site in West End, describing it as a significant urban renewal project for Brisbane.
"The proposed development is a significant urban renewal project estimated to be worth $800 million, so it is imperative that we get the planning right," Ms Trad said.
"I will reassess the development to ensure the right balance is achieved for the economy, the environment and the local community, within the statutory framework.
"The proposed development involves state interests relating to the economy, environment, housing supply and diversity, liveable communities, the 'South East Queensland Regional Plan' and ensuring that there is an efficient, effective and accountable planning and development assessment system.
"I received and considered more than 700 representations on the proposed call in notice before making my decision. The majority of the representations supported a call in and believed the development involved state interests.
"It is important for all parties to understand the call in process does not mean we start with a blank slate, it is a process whereby the proposed development is reassessed against all relevant planning instruments, including Brisbane City Council's neighbourhood plan.
"As I have demonstrated in previous call in deliberations, my reassessment of this major project will be based solely on planning merit."
Ms Trad said that while it is not unusual for some development applications of this nature to be called in, for example the Jewel and Milton mixed-use developments, it doesn't set a precedent for other applications.
"Each year there are approximately 20,000 development applications and this is only the third time I have used my ministerial powers to call in an application," she said.
The site is located at 111 Boundary Street, 26 and 26A Little Jane Street, 19 and 23 Mollison Street, West End and 37 Mollison Street, South Brisbane. The proposed development consists of 1350 residential dwellings and 18,500 square metres of retail and commercial uses.
Stage one of the development, two 15 storey residential buildings, at the southern end of the site next to Wilson Street was approved by the council on 11 March 2016 and is unaffected by the call in.
"This call in does not affect the existing Stage 1 approval and the developer has already commenced early works for two residential towers," Ms Trad said.
The Deputy Premier's decision on the called in development application is due in late 2016.
More information is available from the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website at <http://dilgp.qld.gov.au/planning/development-assessment/west-village.html>.