THE Sunshine Coast council has rejected a State Government push that may double to 100,000 the number of people to be accommodated on land south of Caloundra.
The council will open its draft regional planning scheme to public discussion tomorrow.
It has ignored enormous pressure to include for urban development a 1400ha land parcel, which is owned by Stockland, in the Hall's Creek catchment immediately south of Caloundra South, but faces a showdown with the Government.
A council spokesman said yesterday the State Government's own SEQ Regional Plan governed the matter.
"The Hall's Creek catchment is not included in the SEQ Regional Plan 'urban footprint' and on this basis it cannot be included in any planning scheme," the spokes
The Government differs. A spokesman for Planning Minister Jeff Seeney said a review of the SEQ Regional Plan was due to start next year for completion in 2014.
He said the council would be a key stakeholder and could make its views known on different areas and how they should be designated in the next regional plan.
"THE Hall's Creek area and the Beerwah-Caloundra South Corridor were identified in the SEQ Regional Plan of 2009 as areas that may be suitable for development in the long term - beyond 2031," the spokesman said.
"Given that, the SCRC is obligated to keep them in its draft Planning Scheme as areas for possible development in the long term."
Development of the Hall's Creek catchment would set in train uninterrupted urban sprawl from Noosa to Caboolture.
The combined Caloundra South and Hall's Creek catchment land is called Caloundra Downs.
LNP ministers Mark McArdle and Andrew Powell, whose electorates border the property, failed to return calls seeking comment.
Environmentalists say any move to develop the Hall's Creek land parcel, which is close to Pumicestone Passage, would be madness.
In 2009 council was unsuccessful in a bid to retain the land's previous status as Regional Landscape and Rural Production Area.
The then Labor government included it in the SEQ Plan as an Identified Growth Area, a move that still meant it would not be considered for development for at least 22 years (see breakout).
Industry sources say the LNP is gearing up to push a raft of unpopular planning decisions through parliament next month.
Political sources say that with unemployment now at 6.3% the new government is fearful the number will rise to 7% or higher during its three-year term, an outcome it appears increasingly willing to do anything to avoid.
The government made an election promise to reduce unemployment to 4%.
With mining slowing and tourism on its knees, property development is increasingly being seen as the one lever the government can pull to avoid electoral backlash.