Council completes draft Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme
  • Saturday 30 July 2011

Sunshine Coast Council is one step closer to a single regional planning scheme for the Sunshine Coast after it today delivered the preliminary draft of the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme to the Queensland Government.

Following consultation and formal review from the state, council will conduct an extensive community engagement campaign, sending the new Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme out into the community to seek their thoughts and views on the draft.

When finalised, it will replace the three existing planning schemes – the Caloundra City Plan 2004, the Maroochy Plan 2000 and the Noosa Plan 2006 – as the tool used by council to manage land use and development for the region in a sustainable way.

Statutory and Regional Planning Portfolio Councillor Russell Green said the new planning scheme is a first for the Sunshine Coast and the most significant planning project undertaken by council.

"This is a significant milestone for the project and we are celebrating submitting the preliminary draft of the new planning scheme to the state for consultation," Cr Green said.

"Council, over the past 2 years, has worked meticulously and continuously to progress this project. Many long hours and hard work by both staff and councillors have gone into advancing the scheme to this stage.

"I congratulate everyone involved, and send thanks to the community and industry reference groups for their continued input and feedback throughout the drafting process."

Cr Green said, while the community will soon have a further opportunity to have their say on the draft, they have already had a major input into the scheme.

"Council has used the community feedback to date on the Statement of Proposals, strategies, policies and discussion papers, sought in 2009 and 2010 as part of the Our Place Our Future community engagement campaigns, to help inform the draft of the planning scheme," Cr Green said.

"Feedback from the April 2010 local area consultation has also been incorporated into the draft planning scheme, which strives for the best outcome for the whole region, whilst still respecting the individuality of our local areas.

"It will mean consistency across the Sunshine Coast but it is not a generic, one-size-fits-all approach to planning and is very much welcomed as a tool to give both our residents, and those thinking of moving here, a very clear understanding of the planning regulations and policies across the Coast.

"The preliminary draft scheme was today sent to the state to begin the detailed consultation process. As always, we will continue to work closely with the state throughout this time.

"We expect to have it ready for the community to have its say later in the year, and will continue to keep the community up to date on the scheme progress, with regular updates posted to the website."

More detailed information about the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme and its development process is available on council’s website under the Planning and Building Section.