The new Stanthorpe Council Chambers.
The new Stanthorpe Council Chambers. Liana Turner

Council opens public discussion

COMMUNITY consultation is now open for the Southern Downs Regional Council's proposed amendments to the Southern Downs Planning Scheme.

Southern Downs Portfolio Councillor for Planning and Property, Neil Meiklejohn said there were several drivers for the review and subsequent proposed amendments.

"The main reason was to encourage economic development by reducing the levels of assessment where it is considered that there is minimal risk of adverse impacts, and where development is consistent with the intent of the zone, and also by reducing or simplifying requirements where appropriate.

Fact sheets have been prepared for the more significant amendments including: amendments to the flood hazard overlay; area for intensive animal industries and special industries; implementation of a Carnell Raceway overlay; proposed changes for motor sport facilities at Carnell Raceway; residential uses within 1km of an intensive animal industry and rezoning of land.

The Draft Amended Planning Scheme, planning scheme maps and fact sheets will be available at the Stanthorpe Community Contact Centres, and on www.sdrc.qld.gov.au.

Letters have been sent to all owners of land proposed to be rezoned, and a Developers' Forum will be held at Council's Stanthorpe office at 5.30pm on Tuesday, 21 February 2017.

Additionally, members of the public are welcome to make appointments with Council's Planning Department to discuss the proposed amendments.

For more information , or to arrange a meeting to discuss the amendments, call 1300MYSDRC (1300697372).

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