Chamber welcomes The Spit master plan
Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce president Martin Hall said the plan went some way toward resolving the division between green groups and pro-development lobbies on the future of The Spit."The plan Identifies new opportunities for mixed-use development to create a vibrant Village Centre that takes advantage of The Broadwater and the ocean outlook while still protecting the green areas along The Spit,'' said Mr Hall.
"The master plan also provides opportunities for a wide range of new businesses, small and large, to grow and develop, which will contribute to the ongoing attraction of The Spit as a destination for all."The document provides clarity in terms of the desired outcomes for each section of The Spit and allows for sensible changes in the designated land use of some areas.
"It also identifies new marina opportunities and berthing for larger vessels and contemplates a potential cruise ship terminal to enhance its capacity as the gateway to the Gold Coast."Mr Hall said that while the master plan allowed for the option for the development of a cruise ship terminal, any plans would require further investigation.
He said the Chamber believed the master plan could potentially lead to an oversupply of commercial space in the medium term and create competition with the existing commercial areas of Surfers Paradise, Southport and Main Beach.
Mr Hall said the master plan also lacked detailed on how the extra 800 new "accommodation beds" could be developed and did not deal with permanent dwellings, for which there would be significant demand.Mr Hall said the Chamber was pleased to see that the master plan appeared to consider the infrastructure needs of the area for the future.