Council endorses planning scheme amendment for Twin Waters West
  • Thursday 13 April 2017

Council will proceed with a proposed planning scheme amendment relating to the Twin Waters West land on the Sunshine Coast’s north shore.

Planning Portfolio Councillor Christian Dickson said the next stage was to submit the proposed amendment to the State Government for approval.

“We have reached this decision after careful consideration of all 629 submissions, including 127 in support, which were made during the very extensive community consultation phase,” Cr Dickson said.

“A number of issues were raised in submissions such as flooding, environmental and wildlife impacts, traffic management and cultural heritage.

“Submissions also noted the economic and additional urban land and housing opportunities.

“We believe the majority of concerns raised by submitters are appropriately addressed either by existing planning scheme provisions or by the content of the proposed planning scheme amendment.

“Changes made to the publicised proposed amendment related to the protection of land vulnerable to erosion and coastal inundation, buffers to the Maroochy River, Sunshine Motorway and proposed Dedicated CAMCOS corridor, lot sizes and densities, building heights and open space requirements.

“The Twin Waters West land was within the urban footprint and was located less than five kilometers from the emerging Maroochydore CBD.

“This proximity to a major activity node means it is ideally positioned as a future residential precinct, offering the opportunity for people to live close to where they work.

“This was certainly a factor in our decision-making but it was balanced by our need to ensure any development would not compromise existing communities and land uses.

“Council had also studied its previous planning decision, and a judgment of the Planning and Environment Court, to refuse a development application for the site.

“Preliminary flood modelling undertaken for the land has indicated no worsening of flood impacts on adjacent communities and in fact a likely improvement in existing flood conditions for those communities.

“Effectively managing land such as Twin Waters West is crucial, as our region continues to grow at a rate higher than other Queensland regions.

“It’s important that we balance the needs and expectations of the entire community and appropriately plan land uses into the future.

“The community also needs to remember that any amendment to the planning scheme is not an approval for the development of the site.

“The developer still needs to submit a development application which will be assessed against the requirements of the planning scheme at that time.

“It is important to emphasise that all local government planning schemes undergo regular reviews in response to emerging issues, changed circumstances and legislative reforms.

“Ongoing amendments to the planning scheme are necessary in order to maintain its currency, effectiveness and relevance.

“As outlined in the SEQ Regional Plan review, the Sunshine Coast population is expected to increase from 298,000 to about 495,000 by 2041 and the State Government has estimated that the Coast will need an additional 99,300 dwellings by 2041.

“We know the increased population is coming so it’s important that we have a clear plan and that the planning scheme provides the right conditions for development to prosper in the right locations.

“Through sound planning, our council consistently aims to maintain our lifestyle advantages and the distinctive character of the communities that make up our region.

“In short, we are shaping a region - and a future - that is healthy, smart and creative”.



Steps of Process

Step 1. Council decides to make an amendment to the planning scheme.

Step 2. Council supplies a copy of the proposed amendment to the Minister, requesting formal review of State Interests.

Step 3. Minister reviews proposed amendment in conjunction with State Agencies.

Step 4. Minister advises of State requirements for the proposed amendment. Council makes any changes to proposed amendment as necessary to accommodate State interests. Minister approves proposed amendment for public notification with or without conditions.

Step 5. Council publicly notifies proposed amendment for a minimum of 30 business days (1.5 months).

Step 6. Council considers all properly made submissions on the proposed amendment, making changes to the amendment if necessary.

Step 7. Council decides whether to proceed with the proposed amendment.

Step 8. If proceeding with proposed amendment, Council supplies proposed amendment to the Minister seeking permission for adoption.

Step 9. Minister decides whether Council may adopt the proposed amendment and whether any new conditions may apply.

Step 10. Council decides whether to adopt the proposed amendment.

Step 11. Council decision announced. If proposed amendment adopted, Council commences a revised version of the planning scheme incorporating the adopted amendment.