Have Your Say – Draft Planning Scheme

By James Brown

The Moreton Bay Region’s draft planning scheme has been available online since the 4th July at:

It’s Our Place and your opportunity to have your say on how and where the Moreton Bay Region will grow over the next 20 years.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said the region’s new draft planning scheme would be released for community comment on Friday, July 4.

“It’s a strategic blueprint for the sustainable and affordable growth of our region, while also maintaining the lifestyle we love for the next generation of Moreton Bay residents,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“The draft planning scheme reflects feedback from residents and businesses about the types of communities we want to live and work in over the next 20 years.

“We’re already one of Australia’s fastest growing areas and with a population of more than 530,000 predicted over the next two decades, a whole-of-region approach to urban, coastal and rural planning has never been more important.

Once finalised, the Moreton Bay Region planning scheme will supersede the three separate district-based schemes that have operated prior to council amalgamation in March 2008.

Defined place types including next generation neighbourhoods, enterprise and employment areas, activity centres, coastal villages and rural townships are among the key components of the new, draft planning scheme.

The region-wide planning scheme encourages the development of job opportunities closer to where we live with transport networks to help reduce congestion and deliver affordable infrastructure.

Planning and Development spokesperson Cr Mick Gillam said the draft planning scheme would streamline approvals to encourage investment while building in safeguards against inappropriate development.

“An interactive electronic map will be live on council’s website for the duration of the six week public consultation period to give residents the option of exploring the draft planning scheme from the comfort and convenience of their own home 24/7,” Cr Gillam said.

“Whether it’s sustainability, urban design, job-generating economic activity or the protection of the environment; this is your opportunity to have your say on how you want our region to grow, develop and prosper over the next two decades.”

Comment can be made on the draft region-wide planning scheme until Friday, August 15, 2014, ahead of expected finalisation by late 2014.


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