Chat to our planners about planning for our region
  • Wednesday 09 March 2022

Sunshine Coast Council is in the early stages of preparing a new planning scheme which will guide future growth and development and help preserve the things we love about our region.  

Mayor Mark Jamieson said community members were invited to have a face-to-face chat with Sunshine Coast Council’s New Planning Scheme Project team to learn more about the proposed planning directions for our region and local areas.

“This is a fantastic way for community members to have their say on future planning for our growing region,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“With the easing of social distancing restrictions, council is pleased to extend its engagement program to include a series of 12 drop-in information sessions from March 13-24 at various locations across the Sunshine Coast.

“To continue to support and strengthen our ‘community of communities’, eighteen local plan areas (LPAs) are proposed as part of the new planning scheme for the Sunshine Coast.”

Proposed local plan areas (LPAs) include:

  • Beerwah – Landsborough
  • Blackall Range – Maleny
  • Bli Bli – Maroochy River Plains
  • Buderim and Surrounds
  • Caloundra and Surrounds
  • Coolum – Peregian
  • Eumundi - Doonan
  • Glasshouse - Pumicestone
  • Kawana Waters
  • Maroochydore
  • Mary Valley – Kenilworth
  • Mooloolaba – Alexandra Headlands
  • Mooloolah Valley
  • Nambour and Surrounds
  • North Shore
  • Sippy Downs – Palmview
  • Woombye – Palmwoods
  • Yandina – Maroochy River Valley

“Local area plans are already a feature of the current planning scheme, but eighteen new local plan areas are proposed to be included in the new planning scheme,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Customising planning for local areas will help to make sure the new planning scheme is not one-size-fits-all.

“The proposed local plan areas cover the whole of the Sunshine Coast and are inclusive of rural areas and non-urban areas.

“For the first time local towns and villages will be considered in their broader setting and context.

“Understanding what a local community considers to be their values and aspirations will ensure that the planning scheme allows each of our diverse communities to thrive in their own way.”

The outcomes of the preliminary consultation will be used to inform the preparation of a draft new planning scheme, including local area provisions.

The community will have the opportunity to provide further feedback on that draft.

The new planning scheme is intended to be in place by 2024.

How you can have your say:

View the proposed planning directions and provide your feedback by completing the online surveys before Thursday, March 31.

Drop-in information session calendar

Upcoming drop-in information sessions are listed below. Drop in to learn more about the project and share your thoughts.

Caloundra Street Fair
13 March 9am to midday
Caloundra Street Fair. Next to Visitor Information Centre, Felicity Park, Caloundra
(In the event of rain, the drop-in session will be at Council Chambers).

Buderim Village District Park
15 March 9-11am
Buderim Village, Buderim Village District Park, Church Street, Buderim

Nambour Library
15 March 1-3pm
Nambour Library, Sunshine Coast Libraries, Bury Street, Nambour QLD, Australia

Eumundi Markets
16 March 8am - midday
Eumundi Markets (Lonergan Lane), Memorial Drive, Eumundi QLD, Australia

Kawana Shoppingworld
17 March 4-6pm
Kawana Shoppingworld, Point Cartwright Drive, Buddina QLD, Australia

Maroochydore - Sunshine Plaza
19 March 9am to midday
Opposite Nike (Coles end), Sunshine Plaza, Horton Parade, Maroochydore QLD, Australia

Maleny – Tesch Park
22 March 9-11am
Tesch Park, Maleny QLD, Australia

Coolum – Tickle Park
22 March 2-4pm
Tickle Park, next to Visitor Information Centre, David Low Way, Coolum Beach QLD, Australia

Beerwah Library
23 March 9-11am
Beerwah Library - Sunshine Coast Libraries, Peachester Road, Beerwah QLD, Australia

Mooloolaba – Seashells Park
23 March 2-4pm
Mooloolaba – Seashells Park (nth of SLSC), Seashells Park, Mooloolaba QLD, Australia

University of Sunshine Coast
24 March 10am - midday
Central area of USC - Market Day, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs QLD, Australia

Currimundi Marketplace
24 March 4-6pm
Outside Woolworths, Currimundi Markets, Bellara Drive, Currimundi QLD, Australia

Image: The first drop-in information session will be held at the Caloundra Street Fair on March 13.