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Massive Buranda Development

There’s been the looming possibility of a massive transport orientated development next to Buranda Station for over a decade now. Earlier iterations of this development also included a 21-storey tower on Cowley Street, but the Buranda State School community and the Better Buranda Project fought hard against this and won.

The new development application for the site on the corners of Logan Rd, O’Keefe St and Gillingham, doesn’t include a tower on Cowley Street, but it does include:

  • Four new towers
    • One 28-storey residential tower, with 287 dwellings
    • One 26-storey student accommodation tower with 564 rooms
    • One 7-storey residential care facility, with 130 beds
    • One 7-storey mixed use commercial building
  • 705 carparks
  • No green space
  • New driveways from Gillingham Road, Logan Road and O'Keefe Street.

One of the key problems for me is that the developer is pushing this as a 'transport oriented development' (TOD) but it includes 700 carparks. 

The idea of a TOD is to offer high density living that is reliant on public and active transport, rather than cars. This is a great location for a transit oriented development with direct access to the train, bus station and the Logan Road Stones Corner hub just down the road. It seems like the developers want all the benefits of that high density living, but not really paying into a safe neighbourhood for 1200+ new residents.

Local residents, local P&Cs and cyclist groups have been calling for the nearby roundabout and O’Keefe/Gillingham intersection to be improved for a long time.
The developers have funded traffic impact planning, but have then stated in their application documents that it is unreasonable for them to pay for works on the road. This is nonsense, particularly if they want 700 car parks approved. The very least they could do is pay for the roundabout to be upgraded and turned into a set of traffic lights (ideally with a scramble crossing to make it easier for people to access Stones Corner and the recently upgraded Hanlon Park).

Urban development doesn’t have to equal more traffic congestion, parking issues, crowded greenspace and crowded schools. But the way our planning system is geared here in Queensland means that’s usually what the community is left with. The state government and the council are the ones who keep letting developers off the hook, and yet they are also the ones who then cry poor and say that they can’t afford to deliver the infrastructure upgrades needed to accommodate this population growth.

I've made a little map below with the storey limit under the neighbourhood plan, and how many storeys were proposed. I'm tired of seeing developers pushing height limits, making massive profits and refusing to put any money into the community they are building up.