What’s happening on the site?
A developer has lodged an application for two 26 storey highrise towers on the current TOMRA Recycling Centre site (281 Montague Road) and the QBCC site (297 Montague Road). Both these sites back onto Davies Park.
Here's some brief information about what's in the development application (you can find the full DA here):
- Two 26 storey towers – the height limit for the site in the Neighbourhood Plan is 6 storeys on Montague Rd frontage and 12 behind.
- 470 units – the developer has estimated that this represents about 960 residents.
- 728 car parks – the driveway entrance is currently proposed to be on Montague Road next to the Vulture Street intersection.
The developer is arguing that they should be allowed to build to 14 storeys over the height limit in exchange for handing over 0.4 hectares of the site as public parkland.
But to put this into context, the BCC City Plan says that for every 1,000 residents, there should be at least 1.4 hectares of public green space in the local area. 0.4 hectares isn’t even enough green space for the residents who will live in these new buildings. It won’t do anything to address the existing shortage of green space in the Kurilpa Peninsula.