The Sunshine Coast Regional Council are proposing some significant changes to the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014 due for adoption in June 2019 which will have a significant impact on property owners and developers looking at building a secondaty dwelling (granny flat).
The changes include stregthing the performance criteria for seconday dwellings which will make it more difficult to receive relaxations for proposals that exceed the maximum gross floor area (GFA) or on allotments that are below the minimum lot size. Additionally, there are new requirements for secondary dwellings (granny flats) within the local areas of Shelly Beach, Moffat Beach and Dicky Beach, which will result in reduced GFA and building height for secondary dwellings (granny flats) in these areas. Finally, Council are strengthening the intent for a secondary dwelling (granny flat) as being ancillary or assocated with the primary residence (rather than being completely separate). To further enforce this, they have identified a maximum separation distance from the primary residence. This will have a massive impact on the establishment of secondary dwellings (granny flats) on large rural properties.
If you are a property owner or developer/builder looking at building a secondary dwellings (granny flat) in the near future, please get in contact with Chris to discuss how these changes will affect you and way you can protect your interests under the previous provisions.