Pelican Waters


Client: Pelican Waters Heart Pty Ltd

Year: 2009

Pelican Waters had a vision to develop a masterplan and planning area code for a new recreation-based, waterfront town centre that redefined the area as a quintessential Queensland destination.

Featuring retail, residential and commercial aspects, the comprehensive initial urban design was quick in receiving an approval in principle from the Sunshine Coast Regional Council – quickly paving the way for an innovative master plan and preliminary approval.

The new urban hub is centred on the water and the idyllic location was the inspiration behind the design of the masterplan. The unique masterplan is set to further the laid-back surf lifestyle that is on offer by the Sunshine Coast – with the new masterplanned community becoming a gathering place for the locals.

It was ML Design’s reputation for being great collaborators, problem solvers and innovative designers that saw us appointed to the project. We were commissioned by Pelican Waters to take the lead in creating the masterplan and allowing the scenic area to reach its full potential.

ML Design was tasked with creating a masterplan that included a critical level of flexibility in order to ensure the development was responsive to various market factors. We wanted to ensure that our planning documentation included a varied housing typology and house choice in order to enhance our market value.

We saw the opportunity to create a destination for the town centre – somewhere people could gather and enjoy their time in the community. This meant ensuring a retail town centre would work in the community before including it in our plan.

The outcome is a vibrant and innovative community that supports the needs of the Pelican Waters community. The master plan ML Design provided achieved preliminary approval – meaning we were successfully able to bring the vision for the area to life. Our retail experience helped us create a commercially sound development strategy – all while creating an innovative and sustainable urban hub.