Council to start writing the new planning scheme
  • Monday 01 March 2010

Council will begin writing the new Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme in late April, taking the Coast another step closer to a unified, whole-of-region approach to land use planning.

Before it starts, council will visit local areas across the Coast from the end of April to learn more from residents about how they would like their town, suburb or village to look in the future.

Drafting and local area consultation follows council’s endorsement of the outcomes from last year’s Our Place Our future consultation on the Statement of Proposals and the program for the preparation of the new planning scheme at the Ordinary Meeting on 25 February 2010.

Council’s Statutory and Regional Portfolio councillor Russell Green said that the results are in, and the community has confirmed that council is on the right track as its starts to draft the new Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme.

“Council has reviewed all the feedback received on the Statement of Proposals during the Our Place Our Future consultation last year and as a whole, the submissions supported council’s vision,” Cr Green said.

“The Statement of Proposals is not the planning scheme, it was the overall vision for the new scheme and allowed council to gauge if it was heading in the right direction.

“The feedback from the Statement of Proposals showed overwhelming support for all of the high level key directions outlined, in particular the need for environmental protection and the importance of managing population growth.

“There is also a slight change in the addition of a health and wellbeing direction.

“The SOP and the feedback received will be used as council starts to draft the detail of the new scheme in late April.”

Cr Green asks the community to stay actively involved over the next two years as the project progresses.

“The endorsement of the program for the preparation of the new planning scheme paves the way for the new scheme to be completed by mid 2012,” Cr Green said.

“There will be more opportunities for residents to get involved, the first being in about a months time when council will visit local areas to ask the local people for more detailed feedback—more details will be available soon on council’s website.

“I encourage everyone to stay in touch with the progress through council’s website.”

Residents are encouraged to visit council’s website for a full copy of the two endorsed reports— Consideration of Statement of Proposals Submissions and the New Planning Scheme Program.