How high can we rise up?

The Weekend Post - Real Estate - - Real Estate - with Adam Gowlett

CAIRNS Re­gional Coun­cil has in­tro­duced pro­posed changes to the draft plan­ning scheme to al­low an in­crease in height to build­ings in the CBD through to North Cairns. Build­ing heights have been a hot topic in the past. Our vi­brant city will al­ways ex­pe­ri­ence grow­ing pains of one sort or another. Long term res­i­dents will re­count many pro­pos­als that have im­pacted on the way we en­joy our city. The Es­planade was con­tro­ver­sial. It di­vided the city when it was pro­posed. It is iconic and recog­nis­able around the world to­day and it would be hard ar­gue it was not a worth­while ad­di­tion to our city. The pro­posed in­crease in build­ing heights is to a max­i­mum of 80 me­tres, or around 26 storeys, high­est at Trin­ity Wharf and scal­ing back to around 26 me­tres at North Cairns. Cairns can’t grow taller be­cause we don’t want to jeop­ar­dise the air­port. Gold Coast build­ings are 200 to 300m tall and 78 storeys – three times higher than Cairns can ac­com­mo­date. The pro­posed changes will im­prove the vi­a­bil­ity for older run down CBD build­ings to be­come the fo­cus of re­de­vel­op­ment. With more city liv­ing, res­i­dents in the city will in­crease op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­nesses of all types. Adam Gowlett, gen­eral man­ager, David McCoy Homes

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