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“This new planning scheme will shape the future success of our region.”
And with those words Whitsunday regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox announced he and councillors had today resolved to adopt the Whitsunday Planning Scheme 2017 to commence 30 June 2017.
Following two rounds of public consultation in 2015 and 2016, the Queensland State Government Minister for Infrastructure and Planning has given approval for Council to adopt the Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme 2017 under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.
Mayor Willcox said the draft planning scheme would unify the region and support an exciting future for the Whitsundays.
“It will help deliver liveable communities and housing diversity; economic growth; the protection of environment and heritage values; reduced hazards and increased safety; and an efficient transport and infrastructure network,” he said.
“The planning scheme is a land use planning guideline which provides a framework for the controlled and sustainable growth and progress of the Whitsunday Region.
“It seeks to provide appropriate zoning and the guidelines to facilitate job creation, cut red tape and improve the way our region accommodates those people who wish to make the Whitsundays home.
“This will attract investment and encourage sustainable development in the Whitsunday Region.“It is our responsibility to make sure we are prepared for the future economic growth of our region and remain proactive as opportunities present,” Mayor Willcox said.
“We thank all stakeholders for their participation and contribution to the development of the planning scheme.”
Council will now begin work on the first amendment to the Planning Scheme to fix issues and analyse re-zoning requests identified within the second public consultation period in an effort to continually improve the Planning Scheme.
Future amendments will be required to undergo further public consultation.
A copy of the planning scheme is available for viewing on Council’s website at the below link and available for purchase or viewing at Council offices in Bowen, Proserpine and Collinsville.
Various fact sheets are also available online at the below link to educate the community on how the planning scheme works, zoning information and types of development.
For more information on the Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme 2017, please contact Council’s Strategic Planning Department on 07 4945 0263; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.