Coast residents will have a chance to have their say on a proposal to relax height restrictions on hotels to allow for rooftop entertainment areas.
Coast residents will have a chance to have their say on a proposal to relax height restrictions on hotels to allow for rooftop entertainment areas.

Hotel height limit increase: Proposal to go public

COAST residents will have a chance to have their say on a proposal to allow extra height on hotels for rooftop entertainment.

Cr John Connolly initially moved that an allowance be made for an extra 2.5m of construction for rooftop entertainment and dining amenities on hotels in Mooloolaba, Caloundra and Maroochydore.

His motion included that height restrictions in the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme be relaxed to allow the facilities on top of buildings already at the limit.

But that motion was changed at yesterday's meeting to allow for a full amendment process, including public consultation, to occur before any changes were made.

Concerns about details of the proposal were raised by seven councillors, including Mayor Mark Jamieson, during discussion.

He was worried about the effect on exisiting buildings if the allowances were made only for new buildings.

"Competitively, I don't know if you want to only give advantage to newbies," Cr Jamieson said.

Cr Connolly said the Coast needed to compete with other tourist centres and rooftop dining would add value to hotels.


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