Community engagement
  • Last updated:
  • 01 Sep 2022

Local community input is critical in planning for a place. The Sunshine Coast community is highly interested and passionate about our region and its future. We know our region is a special place to live, work and visit and recognise the importance of implementing a land use plan planning framework that reflects our community's aspirations and values. 

New planning scheme engagement stages

The consultation and engagement program for the New Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme Project will include two key community consultation phases:

  • Preliminary (non-statutory) consultation (completed early 2022) - More than 8000 people provided valuable feedback on a proposed vision and regional planning directions for the new planning scheme and contributed their ideas to local area planning. .  Feedback received is helping to inform the detailed drafting of the new planning scheme.

    Read the Preliminary Consultation – Summary and Outcomes brochure for more information, or visit our Have your say website.
  • Formal (statutory) consultation on a draft version of the new planning scheme itself, including details such as proposed zoning and code provisions (expected later in 2023).

The consultation and engagement approach for the new planning scheme is summarised in the figure below. The key community involvement milestones are highlighted in green.

We are here ONGOING ACTIVITIES: Project Website, Project Updates, Contact the Team Mailbox Reference Groups and Key Stakeholder Engagement Activities Early 2021 3 to 4 years* Council Report and Resolution Preliminary State Consultation Statement of Proposals/Strategic Directions Preliminary Community Consultation (Consultation closed 31 March 2022) Preparation of Draft Planning Scheme Internal Review State Interest Review Formal Public Consultation on Draft Planning Scheme Consider and Report on Submissions Ministerial Review/Approval Adoption and Commencement Implementation Focus Council Inter-Governmental Community

* The plan making process is anticipated to take three to four years to complete (noting that the timing of certain steps in the process, such as state interest reviews, are not within council's control).

Preliminary consultation 

Council’s first step toward creating a new planning scheme which reflects our community’s vision for the region, was to seek early community input during February and March 2022, as part of the preliminary consultation program.

The engagement activity included:

  • 20 online surveys (including 18 specific Local Plan Area surveys)
  • 18 online information sessions (during COVID restrictions)
  • 16 advocacy groups interviews
  • 12 pop-up information sessions (after COVID restrictions eased)
  • 10 deliberative workshops
  • 7 community group briefings
  • 6 high school presentations
  • 6 industry events and briefings 
  • 2 university presentations
  • 1 youth council presentation 
  • More than 80 social media posts (receiving over 75,000 engagements – reactions, comments, saves, shares)
  • Direct engagement via email and phone
During the preliminary consultation period, more than 8000 people provided valuable feedback on a proposed vision and regional planning directions for the new planning scheme and contributed their ideas to local area planning. 

This feedback is helping to inform the detailed drafting of the new planning scheme. 

The preliminary consultation was one of council’s largest and most successful engagement projects and was a clear testament to our commitment to ensuring the community plays a meaningful role in the preparation of the new planning scheme.

Over 6,000 surveys were completed and a further 375 written submissions were made during the preliminary consultation period. Council also gathered community input via a range of online and in-person information and discussion sessions and held meetings and focus interviews with a wide variety of community and stakeholder groups.

Feedback received indicated that planning priorities for our region included protecting the natural environment and green spaces, maintaining building heights within set limits, improving our region's resilience to climate change, retaining local character and providing parks and open space.

Community input indicated high levels of support for most proposed planning directions but also highlighted some local area concerns that will be further and carefully considered in the more detailed drafting of the new planning scheme.

Read the Preliminary Consultation – Summary and Outcomes brochure for more information, or visit our Have your say website.

This preliminary consultation was the first of two key opportunities for the community to have their say on the New Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme Project.  The community will have another opportunity to provide feedback on the draft planning scheme itself, including details such as proposed zoning and code provisions.

Reference groups

A Community Reference Group (CRG) and a Technical Reference Group (TRG) have both been formed to assist with the New Planning Scheme Project.


Council has established a Community Reference Group (CRG) to provide key input and guidance to council about the best ways to engage with the community during preparation of the proposed new planning scheme.

Input from the CRG has informed the overarching Communications and Engagement Strategy and the Preliminary Consultation Program for the New Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme Project.

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Membership

The CRG consists of an independent chairperson (appointed by council) and 10 community members. The members of the CRG represent a range of interest areas and demographics to ensure that the group is representative and inclusive of our diverse Sunshine Coast community.

The CRG members are:

  • Karen Neuendorf (Chair)
  • Professor Robert Elliot (individual nomination)
  • Louise Formosa (individual nomination)
  • Carl Nancarrow (Urban Development Institute Australia (UDIA) Sunshine Coast Branch)
  • Stephen Burton (individual nomination)
  • Melva Hobson (Organisation of Sunshine Coast Association of Residents (OSCAR))
  • Trevor Rice (Sunshine Coast Access Advisory Network Inc)
  • Narelle McCarthy (Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC))
  • Sarah Sargent (individual nomination)
  • Gunter Nolle (Sunshine Coast Youth Council)
  • Abbey Lindley (individual nomination)

Meetings

The CRG held 4 meetings during August – October 2021.  Further meetings of the CRG may be held at key project milestones over the life of the Project.

Terms of Reference

For further details on the roles and responsibilities of the CRG, please review the Community Reference Group Terms of Reference[557KB].


Council is establishing a Technical Reference Group (TRG) to provide key technical input and feedback to council about the content and workability of the new planning scheme.

Membership

The TRG membership is anticipated to include practicing professionals and representatives of relevant peak bodies and industry associations and represents a diverse range of interests and disciplines, including development, planning, engineering, surveying, architecture, landscape and urban design, environment and building.

Meetings

A TRG inception meeting was held in early 2022. Further meetings of the TRG are intended to be held on a quarterly basis over the life of the New Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme Project.  More frequent meetings may also be convened at key project milestones.

Terms of Reference

For further details on the roles and responsibilities of the TRG, please review the Technical Reference Group Terms of Reference[478KB].



Ongoing engagement activities

Ongoing engagement activities and opportunities include:

  • Project updates to subscribers and on the project website (sign up for updates below)
  • Ongoing ability to contact the project team directly (by email at newplanningscheme@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or phone on 07 5420 8953)

Council's community engagement policy and framework

View further information on council's community engagement policy and framework.


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