At a time when the Queensland economy is experiencing a huge negative shock from the downturn in the resources sector, and at a time when the health of our recovering building industry is very important, it is discouraging that some major proposed developments in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast have been subject to adverse decisions today (see Cedar Woods approval to be reassessed and Emotions spill over after Sekisui proposal voted down).
I don’t object to community members having a say on development issues, but I’d implore decision makers to consider the need to promote economic development and jobs and to improve housing affordability by boosting supply. Also, decision makers should consider that the developments that have been subject to adverse decisions are in desirable locations that would be great places to live, and might help limit development in outer-lying areas, for which transport costs to and from business districts are much higher. Without a more encouraging attitude toward development, there is a risk that developers will put possible projects in the too hard basket, and the Queensland economy will miss out on important investment and jobs.
I’ve previously commented on the Cedar Woods development: