Time to talk about the future

Talking about the coast's future.

Growing sustainably and preserving the things that are loved by Sunshine Coast residents will take careful planning, which is why Council is preparing a new planning scheme to guide the way the region grows and develops.

Residents can currently provide input into the scheme development process by providing feedback on proposed planning directions at both a regional and local level.

A community reference group has been working with council from the outset of the project, providing valuable feedback about the best ways to engage with our community as part of the plan-making process.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson encouraged residents to get involved and have their say on the proposed planning directions before March 31.

“Through careful planning, and in partnership with our community, we can provide the foundations that support the opportunities for the future prosperity and liveability of our Sunshine Coast as Australia’s most sustainable region: healthy, smart, creative,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“We want to hear from our diverse range of community voices and to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to be heard during this important preliminary engagement phase.

“With that in mind, I’d like to thank the community reference group for their valuable input, which has helped council plan for this preliminary engagement.

“The current planning scheme has been in place since 2014 and a lot has changed, but one thing that remains constant is the importance of maintaining our region’s identity, character and lifestyle.

“The new planning scheme can ensure future growth and development aligns with the evolving views of the community, changes in technologies, updates to state, regional and local planning policies as well as the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Here on the Sunshine Coast, we’ve been experiencing growth for some decades now – it’s not something new.

“We cannot escape the fact that people move to the Coast to enjoy our laid-back lifestyle, community spirit and, of course, our spectacular beaches and hinterland.

“We have seen our Sunshine Coast transform from a collection of small towns to a connected healthy, smart, creative region, all the while retaining our sense of a community of communities.

“The diversity and uniqueness of our local communities is one of the reasons our region is so special, which is why council is seeking feedback on proposed region-wide planning directions as well as proposed planning directions specific to local areas.

“Understanding what a local community considers to be their values and aspirations will ensure that the planning scheme is not one-size-fits-all and allows each of our diverse communities to thrive in their own way.”

Service Excellence Portfolio Councillor Winston Johnston said with the help of our community, the feedback received on the proposed planning directions would be used to prepare a draft new planning scheme that would be subject to further community consultation.

“The planning scheme is, and will continue to be, the key tool to assist council in responding to growth management challenges,” Cr Johnston said.

“The outcomes of the preliminary consultation will be used to inform the preparation of a draft version of the new planning scheme, which will also welcome future community feedback.”

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

Visit council’s website for more information on the Community Reference Group, the process for preparing a new planning scheme or to receive project updates via the project e-newsletter.

View the project video here: https://youtu.be/MiGZFNtOwTc

How you can have your say:

View the proposed land use planning directions and provide your feedback by completing the online surveys at Sunshine Coast Council’s Have Your Say Page haveyoursay.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au before Thursday, March 31.

Online information sessions focusing on proposed local planning directions are being held during the consultation period. Visit https://haveyoursay.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/newplanningscheme for details of online information sessions relevant to your local area.

For more information about the New Planning Scheme project visit council’s website.

What is a planning scheme?

A planning scheme is a document that the community, businesses and governments all look to in order to understand the local government’s plan for managing growth and change, including the types of new development they can expect to see in a local area.

A planning scheme sets out the vision for the local government area in a strategic plan or strategic framework. This is the ‘big picture’ part of a planning scheme that maps out the land use intentions for the area looking ahead in 20 to 30 years’ time. It contains a series of strategies to manage future growth and development to achieve the vision.

To help achieve the vision and strategic framework, a planning scheme regulates:

• what development should occur where – by including each parcel of land in a zone

• how development should occur – by outlining the rules (codes) against which development is assessed

• what assessment process is required – by stating whether a development application is required, and if so, the process to be followed.

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