The MRA has approached the council for comment on its proposal to create three individually titled lots to accommodate three approved food and beverage outlets.
At last week’s council meeting, deputy mayor Rob Butler said the proposal was not part of original Elizabeth Quay development plans and would not be supported because of the potential impact it could have on future development.
‘They are looking at operating businesses on private land,’ Cr Butler said.
‘This (refusal) will send a strong message to the MRA on planning at Elizabeth Quay.’
According to a council report, the City has surrendered a significant amount of land with the transfer of the Esplanade Reserve to the Elizabeth Quay development. Further loss of land is contrary to the City’s policy 5.2, which seeks to maintain and enhance its existing public open spaces as population continues to grow.
However, Cr Reece Harley was sceptical the MRA would heed the City’s advice.
‘The role of the MRA is to re-develop; they should be getting in and getting out,’ he said.
MRA chief executive Kieran Kinsella said the MRA would manage the Elizabeth Quay precinct for the next 10-15 years to ensure the public realm and any lots not under development would be activated with events, leisure activities and pop-up vendors.
‘The freehold lots will assist in ensuring the long-term success of the Elizabeth Quay public realm by securing ongoing, dedicated funding through leasing income for the MRA to implement the required place activation and management program,’ he said.