- Wednesday 20 March 2013
The Sunshine Coast Council has delivered a commonsense change which will provide certainty for planning across the region.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the new Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme won’t include the area covered by the soon-to-be Noosa Council.
In a unanimous decision, councillors agreed the best way forward was to separate the two areas for planning purposes.
“This is a common sense solution to a challenge created by the decision to de-amalgamate – it provides certainty for both areas.
“The Sunshine Coast Council will continue to work towards delivering its new planning scheme, while a new Noosa Council can determine its own future from 1 January 2014.
“It avoids unnecessary hold-ups and double-ups and allows the Sunshine Coast Council to get on with the job of creating the right conditions for investment and jobs.
Division 12 Councillor Tony Wellington moved the motion at a Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme meeting - he said it’s a win for both communities.
“This decision will allow both areas to determine their respective futures on planning matters,” Cr Wellington said.
“The new Noosa Council will be able to operate from the existing Noosa Plan (2006), and can thus decide when and how to develop a new planning scheme of its own. Meanwhile the Sunshine Coast Council can get on with the job of determining their new planning scheme for divisions 1 to 10. It's a win-win situation.”
Resolves that due to the State Government’s announcement of the establishment of a new Noosa Council on 1 January 2014, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council proceed to finalise the draft Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme for that part of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council area outside of the former Noosa Council local government area;
In respect to that part of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council area within the former Noosa Council local government area, not proceed to finalise the draft Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme;
Request the Chief Executive Officer to advise the Minister for Local Government and the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning of council’s resolution to proceed in accordance with (a) and (b) above, and seek the advice of the Minister for Local Government and the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning on the process for finalising the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme for the Sunshine Coast remaining area prior to, on, or after 1 January 2014;
Request the Chief Executive Officer to implement a program to finalise the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme in respect to the Sunshine Coast remaining area in accordance with the advice from the Minister for Local Government and the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, to achieve a commencement date for the planning scheme prior to, on or after the 1 January 2014;
Subject to (c) above, write to all submitters to the draft Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme advising of the State Government’s process and Council’s decision for finalising the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme for the remaining Sunshine Coast area through the de-amalgamation transition process; and
Provide all material in respect to the draft Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme as relevant to the Noosa area (including the draft Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme as publicly notified and all submissions received) to the Transition Manager for the Noosa area in accordance with the transitional procedures.