How high can we rise up?
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