On 3 July 2017, Whitsunday Regional Council commenced an Alignment Amendment to the Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme 2017 Version 3.5 (the Alignment Amendment). The Alignment Amendment was made pursuant to the Alignment Amendment Rules and section 293 of the Planning Act 2016.
The Alignment Amendment involved administrative changes that have the purpose and general effect of aligning the Whitsunday Planning Scheme 2017 to meet functions and terminology within the Planning Act 2016.
Local Government Infrastructure Plan Amendment
The proposed Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP), being Part 4 and Schedule 3 of the Planning Scheme, commenced on 29 June 2018. The LGIP governs the planning and development of future trunk infrastructure within the Whitsunday Region based on the projected economic and population growth.
Council must review its Planning Scheme every ten years to update provisions that respond to revised growth projections and changing economic or environmental dynamics. Nonetheless, during its 10-year life span, the Planning Scheme is considered a live document that will be refined and improved by rolling amendments occurring on average every 18 months – 2 years. Amendments not considered ‘administrative’ will involve public consultation in accordance with State legislation, Ministers guidelines and rules.
Planning Scheme Consultation outcomes
Council’s submission analysis report from the second round of consultation can be accessed here [PDF 1MB]. Council received 128 submissions during this consultation period between August and October 2016. Several investigations have been triggered as a result of submissions, including:
- Reduced red tape for renewable energy facilities;
- Increasing flexibility for tourism development;
- Bed and breakfast policy investigation;
- Bowen Local Planning Investigation;
- Airlie Beach Local Planning Investigation; and
- Several re-zoning requests.
The outcomes from these investigations may be included within future amendments to the Planning Scheme pending recommendations.