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Review of Draft Planning Scheme public submissions complete

30 March 2015

After spending several months reviewing the submissions received from our communities during the first round of public consultation for the Draft Western Downs Planning Scheme, Council’s in-house Strategic Planning Unit is now in the process of formally responding to all properly made submissions.

Spokesperson for Planning Councillor Ray Jamieson said that from today submitters will start to receive their response letters advising them of the results of the review.

“The completion of the review of these submissions is a significant milestone in the development of the Draft Western Downs Planning Scheme, and submitters can expect to receive formal notification from Council within coming weeks as to how their submission was considered,” he said.

“During the first round of public consultation Council received over 1,900 submissions. Of these, three were petitions containing more than 1,187 signatures, 581 were single page submissions relating to the previous draft flood study, and 162 were detailed submissions addressing various aspects of the Scheme.

“Over the past eight months, Council’s dedicated in-house Strategic Planning Unit has been thoroughly reviewing these submissions and preparing responses to the issues raised by the community.”

Cr Jamieson said along with reviewing the public submissions, Council has been extensively reviewing all other elements of the Scheme.

“The Strategic Framework of the Draft Planning Scheme is currently being revised and re-written to ensure that it reflects the future aspirations of our region and incorporates suggested amendments received from the community’s submissions,” he said.

“Council’s Strategic Planning Unit has also been working closely with the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, to ensure the proposed revised Scheme aligns with State Planning Principles and will easily transition to the proposed new Planning and Development Act should this come into effect.

“Once all revisions are complete, the Scheme will need to go back to the Queensland Government for a state interest check before a second round of public consultation can be undertaken for a period of 30 business days.

“Developing the Draft Western Downs Planning Scheme is a detailed process and there are still a few steps to go through before the Scheme can be adopted, however Council is confident that the Scheme will be finalised in a timely manner.”

For more information on the Draft Western Downs Planning Scheme, visit Councils’ webpage or call 1300 COUNCIL.

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