After decades of building, construction and development in the region, leading Redland Property Developer and analyst, Chris Anderson has welcomed the new Draft City Plan and congratulated Council for its focus to the future.
Chris Anderson from AFT Projects is now calling on all associated with the property sector, to get familiar with the new plan and put it to work.
There’s no doubt that our Council and Councillors went to extraordinary lengths in framing this City Plan with a consultation process that was one of the largest seen in the city.
The Plan provides the framework for industry to now work together with community to ensure future livability.
And Livability must be key. This new plan will drive the future look and feel of Redland city, which is on the threshold of becoming South East Queensland’s next big mover.
What we’re about to see here in Redlands is akin to the Redlands rush we saw in the 70’, 80’s and 90’s as families identified and discovered our region and moved here in droves. We need to be ready for that.
We need to learn from lessons past.
That influx in the late 20th century, sadly, caught the region off guard and areas of the city now pay the price for what has been very bad development decisions.
The first thing the private sector must do in Redlands is get professional and get prepared to meet and deal with emerging needs without the past ‘fast buck” real estate or broker focus.
The old Corporate Developer ‘Pack ‘em in, never mind the quality feel the width’ approach won’t wash. Our new world Redland residents are astute.
Redland has long been the domain of local developers, but in recent years we’ve seen the corporates arrive hungry for the last bits of urban footprint.
And they bring with them an ignorance of the long-term impacts and chose to ignore the very things that make the city great.
There are multiple layers to the emerging market for our city. We need to ensure we’re catering adequately for those people and for place.
The first new wave of buyers is coming from within the city itself, as property owners look to move on from the family home.
These buyers are not looking for a small lot town house, they want Redland living and expect quality and place and space.
Then we move to those that grew up here and now are moving back, to give to their families what they had. These buyers know this city offer well and know what they want.
The third wave are what I call the Freshmen.
These are people new to our area or state who rightfully look to Redlands as the perfect place. Again, these are not people who seek to be jam packed into a speckie just to get to get a roof over their head.
So, two things need to happen now.
Firstly, Council and Governments’ must now place priority on infrastructure planning. They must do it while playing catch up to fix past mistakes. The new City Plan, moves in this direction for Council, let’s see our State and Federal representatives to step up and weigh in.
Secondly, the private sector, at every level of property, needs to lift its game.
The new look Redland property buyer is discerning and frankly I worry that our way too many and over populated real estate agent numbers, fueled on by commission cheque hungry financial planners will let us down.
I’m urging the industry to begin a systemic approach.
We’re at the end of the ‘further out the cheaper’ buyer, we’ve waved goodbye to the ‘lock the gates’ approach from Council so it is time for us to seriously plan how we will shape our new world Redlands.
We’ve seen some developers and planners shift up a gear. Now it’s for the big out of towners to follow suit and it’s time for the retail end of property and real estate to follow suit.
At present, it’s easier to find a bad franchised real estate agent or so labelled ‘investment planner’ in Redlands than it is to get a good feed of fresh fish.
Our city deserves better.