Analysis on preliminary new planning scheme feedback begins

The initial information on the new Sunshine Coast planning scheme is in and will now be evaluated. The new planning scheme is expected to be in place by 2024 and will shape the growth of the region. Photo: Contributed

PRELIMINARY consultation on proposed planning directions for Sunshine Coast Council’s new planning scheme closed on Thursday March 31 and feedback will now be analysed ahead of the next stage.  

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said there were many steps in preparing a new planning scheme and council was still in the early stages of the process.

“Submissions were invited from February 10 and council’s non-statutory consultation period has now closed,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“I would like to thank our region’s residents who took the time and opportunity during the seven-week preliminary consultation period to provide their feedback on the planning topics that were important to them. 

“Council has received a large volume of direct feedback about its proposed new planning directions, and it will take the project team many months to process this data.

“Feedback was received through online surveys, written submissions, face-to-face information sessions – including out-of-hours evening and weekend sessions, school and university engagement sessions, online information sessions and a variety of other feedback channels.

“Council’s planning team was conscious of the day-to-day time demands of the region’s community members and worked hard to ensure as many groups and individuals as possible were given the opportunity to provide their feedback.

“We wanted to hear what was important to our community so their views could help shape our future plans, well before any detailed drafting of the new planning scheme begins. 

“Through careful planning, and in partnership with our community, council aims to protect the places we love, preserve our natural environment, maintain the lifestyle we enjoy and shape the built environment to support the region’s future.

“We know people love living here on the Sunshine Coast and thanks to this feedback, we will soon have a much clearer picture of what our region’s residents want the Sunshine Coast region to look like in 2041.”

The community will have a further opportunity to provide feedback when a draft version of the new planning scheme is released for formal public consultation.

Further information on the new planning scheme can be found on council’s Search for “New Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme”. The site also provides information on the project process.

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