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Draft Western Downs Planning Scheme takes the next step towards prosperity and liveability

2 December 2015

 
Spokesperson for Planning Councillor Ray Jamieson, Western Downs Regional Council Strategic Senior Planning Officer Amanda Pugh [front], CEO Ross Musgrove, Mayor Ray Brown, and Infrastructure Services General Manager Graham Cook examine the Amended Draft Western Downs Planning Scheme.

Spokesperson for Planning Councillor Ray Jamieson, Western Downs Regional Council Strategic Senior Planning Officer Amanda Pugh [front], CEO Ross Musgrove, Mayor Ray Brown, and Infrastructure Services General Manager Graham Cook examine the Amended Draft Western Downs Planning Scheme.

At its Ordinary Meeting on Wednesday 18 November, Western Downs Regional Council resolved to adopt the Amended Draft Western Downs Planning Scheme and the Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) for the purposes of State Interest Review.

Following the first round of public consultation, Council’s Strategic Planning Unit has undertaken a number of substantial amendments to the Draft Planning Scheme to ensure that the Scheme will be a tool to promote, facilitate and enable economic development opportunities in the region.

This will be achieved through:

  • Reducing levels of assessment and the inclusion of Compliance Assessment provisions for development that is consistent with the zone and compliant with the Planning Scheme;
  • The simplification of development assessment provisions in the zone and land use codes;
  • The removal of precincts, as this added a level of complexity to the Planning Scheme that was not required, as well as substantial amendments to zone mapping to ensure that the zoning reflects the most appropriate land use;
  • Ensuring the Scheme aligns with State Government changes to the infrastructure regime by developing the Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP), which replaces the Priority Infrastructure Plan component of the Amended Draft Planning Scheme.

Spokesperson for Planning Councillor Ray Jamieson said Council is committed to planning for the future and the work undertaken on the Amended Draft Planning Scheme has ensured that the Scheme will be a tool to drive economic growth and sustainability in our region.

“In essence, we wanted to strip back ‘red tape’ to ensure more efficient and effective development in the Western Downs as well as to make sure that the amended Scheme drives the prosperity and liveability of our local communities,” he said.

“Given the significant changes that have been made to the Draft Planning Scheme, Council in line with planning regulations and legislation have requested that the Deputy Premier undertake a State Interest Review.

“As Council has worked closely with the Department of Local Government, Infrastructure and Planning throughout all stages of the development of the Amended Draft Planning Scheme, it is hoped the Scheme will pass through the State Interest Review quickly and smoothly given the Department’s extensive knowledge of the amendments that have been made.”

Cr Jamieson said once the Amended Planning Scheme is approved by the Deputy Premier Council will commence a second round of public consultation.

“A comprehensive community consultation process will be undertaken throughout the region when the Scheme is released for public notification, during which the community will once again have the opportunity to review the Amended Draft Scheme and provide feedback,” he said.

“This is an exciting time for our communities and our future, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts when the Amended Draft Western Downs Planning Scheme is publicly notified in early 2016.”

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