Sept 16 deadline for submissions

TIME is running out for residents to have their say about the proposed planning scheme for the Southern Downs Region.

Submissions from residents about the proposed council planning scheme must be lodged by close of business on Friday September 16 in order to be considered.

All submissions lodged by the deadline will be carefully considered in relation to the scheme before the scheme is adopted by Council and all submissions will be responded to in writing.

“If you have not already looked at the proposed planning scheme, now is the time to do so,” said Mayor Ron Bellingham.

“If you have any concerns over any part of the planning scheme, you need to make a submission in writing to council before September 16.”

The proposed planning scheme has been taken to Leyburn, Maryvale, Dalveen, Allora, Killarney, Wallangarra and Ballandean where many local residents have taken the opportunity to find out about the implications for their land and local area through conversations with the manager of strategic planning Jeanette Davis.

So far, many people have taken the opportunity to inspect the plan and nearly 200 have met with Ms Davis to find out more about how the planning scheme will affect them.

To date 20 written submissions have been received by council.

Some of the matters raised in the submissions to date include the proposals to include premises in the proposed Local Heritage Register and limitations on subdivision of rural land, as well as the extent of the proposed Rural Residential zone.

The proposed planning scheme can be inspected on any business day at council offices in Stanthorpe and Warwick.

Opportunities are available for those residents of Warwick and Stanthorpe who cannot visit council offices during normal business hour to inspect the planning scheme after business hours on specific days. Please see the Council website or flyers at the council offices for the times and places.

The proposed Southern Downs Region Planning Scheme is the first planning scheme for the whole of the Region and will provide a consistent framework for planning decisions within the Region.

The planning scheme is an important document as it provides direction for future development in our Region.

To find out what more about the planning scheme you can view it on the website at http://www.southerndowns.qld.gov.au/nps/; read a copy of the planning scheme at the Council offices in Warwick and Stanthorpe; or meet with Jeanette Davis, Council’s Manager of Strategic Planning.



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