State approves council's planning scheme with conditions
BUNDABERG Regional Council has received conditional approval from the State Government that it may adopt its new planning scheme.zoning
Among conditions that need to be satisfied before council can adopt its new planning scheme is a directive from the State Government requiring council to alter sections relating to the zoning status of some properties.
However, the requested amendments will not delay the adoption of the planning scheme which will replace the four individual schemes utilised prior to, and since amalgamation.
Council planning and development spokesman Ross Sommerfeld said council had made changes to the zonings in response to submissions received when the original draft version of the new planning scheme went to community consultation last year.
"Planning Minister and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad has advised that the State Government requires this section of the new scheme to revert to the original draft content as it was felt the proposed changes were of a significant nature and required additional community consultation," he said.
"The good news is that the bulk of the document has been approved by the state government and is expected to be adopted by Council at a meeting in mid-October and to take effect on October 19.
Cr Sommerfeld said council intended to pursue the changes through amendments to the adopted planning scheme and had already held discussions with the relevant State Government agencies on how best to expedite the proposed amendments.
"The State Government has recognised that council is endeavouring, through its zoning initiatives, to provide housing diversity and opportunities for additional urban and rural residential development," he said.
"Minister Trad in her correspondence recommended that council revisit the proposed changes and continue to work towards their implementation while ensuring community consultation needs and State interests are met."
"The overarching great news is that the State Government has supported the planning scheme adoption while affording council the opportunity to work through minor changes at a later date."