Bli Bli Northern Village is a master planned residential community designed to facilitate multiple life stage and lifestyle options, supported by a small retail and commercial hub (not full line) to benefit the entire Bli Bli area live and play locally. The development is brought to you by the developers of Parklakes 1 and Parklakes 2 Estates and will be known as Parklakes Central.
Urban development options for this site have been considered and supported since 2020 by Council led planning scheme amendment processes generally, however the development application now lodged enables us to provide the community and Council with the long term vision, detailed master planning and intent for the site in significantly more detail.
That vision is to create an additional and diverse range of residential uses and a small scale retail centre to provide the northern
area of Bli Bli with local services and variety.
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Bli Bli Northern Village is located north of Thomas Road and east of Yandina Bli Bli Road. The site is located east of Parklakes 1 and south of Parklakes 2 Estates and is brought to you by the development team who created Parklakes 1 and 2 Estates.
The site is one of the few remaining places identified for urban development north of Maroochydore. The development will provide a range of housing options from low density, medium density and options for retirement village/Over 55 resort uses.
The inclusion of a local (not full service) centre will provide northern Bli Bli residents much needed small scale retail, office and social spaces and provide variety for the community. It will also enhance existing services and provide a sense of place for community and connection within northern Bli Bli.
Community benefits and enhanced liveability
The proposed development will assist in local housing choices and availability, particularly providing a mix of residential options for various life stages and lifestyles.
Provide spaces for small business activation and provision of services locally in Bli Bli.
Jobs in Construction and ongoing employment opportunities at the retail and commercial centre.
Where is Bli Bli Northern Village - Parklakes Central?
Bli Bli Northern Village is a proposed master planned residential community located north of Thomas Road and east of Yandina Bli Bli Road. The site is located east of Parklakes 1 and south of Parklakes 2 Estates and will be called Parklakes Central.
What is Parklakes Central?
The development will provide a range of housing options from low density, medium density and options for retirement village/over 55 resort uses.
The development includes a local (not full service) centre to also provide northern Bli Bli residents much needed small scale retail, office and social spaces. It will also provide a sense of place for community and connection within northern Bli Bli.
At a glance:
- Master planned residential development
- Variety of residential options, including options for retirement village.
- Same density and lot size controls as Parklakes 1 and Parklakes 2 Estates
- Lakes for stormwater detention and visual amenity
- Open space network taking advantage of significant views to surrounding natural features
- Small scale (not full line) retail centre as a community hub
- Connection to public transport services
- Improvements to local road network and active transport safety
- Pedestrian and cycle networks north and south
Who is the developer?
Parklakes Central is being proposed by the development team who created Parklakes 1 and 2 Estates, Robert Flipp, Sam Williams and Peter Shadforth.
Following the success of both Parklakes 1 and Parklakes 2, Parklakes Central represents the third stage of their exciting vision for Bli Bli’s Northern Village and has been designed using their more than 25 years’ experience in working with the local community and understanding their aspirations for the future.
Why do we need this development?
As one of the fastest growing areas on the Sunshine Coast, Parklakes Central will provide more new homes for local families and help ease the housing pressures our community is facing.
The proposed development is supported by an independent Economic Need and Impact Assessment that supports the need for a variety of residential options in the area as well as a new small scale (not full line) retail centre.
Read the independent economic need and impact assessment report.
What is it going to look like when completed?
Our plan of development for Parklakes Central includes the same development controls used for Parklakes 1 and Parklakes 2 Estates.
As the third stage of our exciting Parklakes vision, Parklakes Central has been designed to complement the existing estates and will include a mix of high-quality housing choices as well as new public open spaces, better road networks and active transport connections and two new lakes.
Will there be any more development after Parklakes Central in Bli Bli?
The development site is the last remaining area in Bli Bli currently zoned by the Queensland Government for urban development under the South East Queensland Regional Plan.
How many homes will be included in Parklakes Central?
It is expected that there will be approximately 450 residential homes in Parklakes Central in the low density zone, but this depends on whether or not the Sunshine Coast Regional Council approves plans for a retirement village or over 55’s lifestyle resort similar to Halycon for the precinct.
The medium density zone will provide approximately 70 homes.
The total number of homes will be confirmed via detailed design stage.
What can be developed in Sub-preinct A and Sub-precinct B?
To enable us to provide a range of housing options for the local area, a retirement village or an over 55s resort is permitted in Sub-precinct A. This use is consistent with the Low Density Residential Zone and the sub precinct overlay ensures that only this area of the development site can be used for this use. A residential care facility is also a possible use in this zone.
Sub-Preinct B includes development controls to limit uses for commercial uses other than a supermarket and shopping centre.
Proposed new retail centre
What will the new local centre include?
As one of the fastest growing areas on the Sunshine Coast, our plans for Parklakes Central include new retail and dining options that will provide more shopping convenience and more job opportunities for local residents.
The Local Centre is not designed to be full line (meaning it will not include a full size supermarket) but is intended to provide convenience shopping for everyday needs and services for the local residents in northern Bli Bli.
The proposed development will also add additional opportunities for retail and dining tenants.
The applicant has submitted to the Council an expert Economic Need and Impact Assessment. The size of local centre is based upon that recommended in the assessment as being sustainable to cater to the existing and future demand as a result of the proposed development without impacting on existing local retailers.
Will we be getting a Woolies, Coles or Aldi?
No anchor tenant has been assigned to the supermarket yet.
How big is the supermarket?
The proposed supermarket is 1,000m2 and will be a local (not full line) centre. The shopping centre will provide an additional 1,500m2 for retail and commercial opportunities. These may include a pharmacy, garden centre, gym, among others. The proposed shopping centre will be around the same size as the existing Mount Coolum Shopping Centre – that is 2,500m2. It will not be the size of a major supermarket. Our plans have been informed and supported by the Economic Need and Impact Assessment.
How much parking will be at the centre and will it be easier to access than the existing centre?
The centre will be connected via public transport and will have ample parking in accordance with Council guidelines plus extra. We understand that easy access to the centre is important for community members.
Can the retail centre include medical facilities? There is also a need for a local ambulance station.
Yes – There are development controls that permit a medical facility in the local centre zone. There is also the possibility for emergency services (including police and fire service) in the medium density zone and the local centre zone.
Traffic and transport
Are there any changes to the local road network?
Yes. As part of the development there are proposed changes to the local road network.
We know how important it is to keep Bli Bli moving and increase road safety for all road users. Our independent traffic studies have shown that there needs to be upgrades to Bli Bli’s road network to make getting around easier, quicker and safer.
Three assessments have been undertaken in relation to traffic;
- an active transport safety assessment;
- a traffic impact assessment to assess the delay on the network; and
- speed limit review.
Sidelines Traffic, who has worked extensively with the Bli Bli community on identifying ways to improve active transport safety in the area, has undertaken a comprehensive transport and traffic review of the existing network and proposed traffic upgrades that will ensure local residents can safely access bus stops, local schools and services.
The Active Transport assessment has identified locations on the road network where safer pedestrian movements are required, and these are proposed as part of this development application.
An extensive traffic impact assessment has also been undertaken to identify where any upgrades on the road network are required.
Feedback from local residents has also informed the proposal to install safer road crossings. Extensions to footpaths are also proposed to link crossings and bus stops.
The development will also provide a new bikepath along the frontage of the site and also internally to provide an offroad cycle route from Parklakes Drive to Bli Bli Village which will provide a safer, alternative route for cyclists, complementing the existing bikepath along Thomas Road and Bli Bli Road. The development provides a link between Parklakes 2 in the north and Bli Bli Village in the south that enables active transport users to safely travel off road.
A speed limit review has also been undertaken on Bli Bli Road between David Low Way roundabout and Willis Road roundabout to support the safer crossings.
We are in the process of reviewing our Traffic Impact Assessments with Sunshine Coast Regional Council and the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads on these plans and will be advocating strongly that we be allowed to provide these improvements.
Read the Traffic Impact Assessment.
What other benefits are you providing the community?
Parklakes Central will provide more new homes for the Sunshine Coast and help ease the housing pressures our community is facing, including the local Bli Bli community by providing a mix of housing types and options even for retirement living.
Our proposal will enhance retail choice and convenience and improve the active transport network with safety improvements & including cycleways within Bli Bli.
The additional local centre will better provide for the growing community, with more choice and convenience for everyday shopping needs for local families.
Developments like this continue to support long terms construction and trade employment and ongoing operation of the centre will also provide employment opportunities, particularly for youth employment close to home.
Environment and cultural heritage
What about environmental impacts?
The development site has an extentive history of cleared, agricultural use prior to being included in the Urban Growth Boundary by the State Government. As such, it retains little by way of flora and fauna values and independent assessment of the site’s remaining vegetated area confirms that our plans will have no significant impact on local flora or fauna.
As part of our detailed planning for Parklakes Central however, the vegetated areas will remain and will be protected. We will also create new lakes where flora & fauna will thrive, and public open spaces to expand on the more intangible visual amenity values of the site to local landscape elements.
What is being done to manage cultural heritage?
As part of our detailed planning for Parklakes Central we are working with the Traditional Owners of the land to ensure their identified values are reflected in our design.
Particular care has be taken with expert Open Space Planners and Visual Impact specialists to ensure our plans retain important view lines to Mount Ninderry and Mount Coolum.
Does the development impact the Blue Heart and coastal areas?
No. The proposed development is located outside of the Blue Heart and will have no impact on our coastal areas.
Are there any flood risks for the site?
As part of our detailed planning for Parklakes Central we engaged independent flooding experts SLR Consulting to prepare a flood impact assessment.
In their report, SLR Consulting have confirmed that the proposed lake system will provide sufficient stormwater storage for the development.
Read the Flood Impact Assessment.
Will this development impact surrounding landowners?
Parklakes Central will not impact surrounding landowners.
The independent flood impact assessment prepared by SLR Consulting has confirmed that the proposed lake system will provide adequate stormwater storage and detention and be constructed to the same standards as those in Parklakes 2.
Read the Flood Impact Assessment.
What is being done to alleviate existing flooding on Yandina Bli Bli Road?
Yandina Bli Bli Road is a State Controlled Road managed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR). The section of road that floods is not impacted by the development. We have made DTMR aware of the communities comments and concerns regarding this section of the road and are advocating works to be done by DTMR to alleviate concerns.
When will the development commence, if approved?
We hope to start work on the first stages of Parklakes Central by the end of 2024.
What is the timing of the development?
At present the application is in the response to information phase.
It is expected that the applicant will respond to the information request around mid to late April 2023.
Formal public notification as required by the Planning Act is anticipated to commence end of April or early May.
Works on site are hoped to commence late 2024 to early 2025.
Read our application here.
Will the needs and views of stakeholders be considered?
YES – As proud Sunshine Coasters we are committed to working with locals to make our community an even better place to live, work and relax. Over the coming months we will be out and about having conversations on what would make Parklakes Central even better and will ensure community views are reflected in our design process.
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