Council reviews draft planning scheme feedback
  • Thursday 07 February 2013

Fine tuning of the Draft Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme continues this week as a series of special meetings gets underway to review the 2500 plus submissions received during the public display period.

The series of special meetings will be held between 7 February and 15 April 2013.

Regional Planning Portfolio Councillor Russell Green said feedback provided by the Sunshine Coast community, industry and government is invaluable and will help ensure that the final planning scheme is well informed.

“We have people in our community who have valuable expertise, experience and special interests and council really appreciates what they add to the development of our planning scheme,” Cr Green said.

“Owners of both small and large properties and businesses, developers, representatives of the development, business and environment sectors as well as community groups from across the Sunshine Coast have all responded to the public display of the draft planning scheme.

“It’s really encouraging to have received so many submissions as it demonstrates how passionate our community is when it comes to the future of our region.”

Following Queensland Government statutory guidelines, council will examine any concerns and suggestions raised by stakeholder and community groups with regard to the draft planning scheme.

During the special meetings, council will determine future directions on key issues for the new planning scheme and also ensure all the minor details are appropriately addressed. If appropriate, changes to the draft planning scheme will also be determined.

Following this step, Cr Green said each submitter will receive a letter advising how council has dealt with their submission.

“Council anticipates that it will adopt the new Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme later this year, subject to state government approval,” Cr Green said.

Formal consultation and receipt of submissions on the Draft Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme have now closed.