Council encourages awareness of draft State Planning Policy
  • Saturday 08 June 2013

Sunshine Coast Council is encouraging community members to review the Queensland Government’s draft State Planning Policy and provide any feedback to the state government by the 12 June deadline.

The draft State Planning Policy identifies the state's interests in planning and development and how these are to be dealt with in planning schemes and development assessment processes.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said Sunshine Coast Council is generally supportive of the move to create a single State Planning Policy to replace the 14 existing policies but noted there were key areas council will raise with the government.

“In council’s formal submission we have noted some issues and we are seeking clarity on a range of new requirements outlined in the draft State Planning Policy,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Council acknowledges the state government has a consultation program in place but wishes to raise further awareness of the many issues addressed in the draft State Planning Policy.

“These include new provisions for economic growth, extractive resources, biodiversity, coastal environments, flooding, transport, aviation and hazardous materials.

“The proposal includes two new large areas of sand resource located in the Maroochy flood plain east of Bli Bli and west of Coolum, intended to be nominated as Key Resource Areas.

“I encourage everyone to review the draft State Planning Policy before the 12 June deadline for submissions.”

Council has prepared a submission on the draft State Planning Policy that can be viewed at the website.

Consultation on the draft State Planning Policy ends on 12 June 2013. The draft State Planning Policy, guidelines and details about making submissions can be viewed on the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning website.