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How to find out more about new planning scheme

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How to find out more about new planning scheme


New planning scheme aims to 'allow each of our communities to thrive in their own way'

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Sunshine Coast residents have been invited to have face-to-face discussions with the project team that is set to shape our region’s future.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said community members were encouraged to talk with Sunshine Coast Council’s New Planning Scheme Project team, to learn more about the proposed planning directions for our local areas.

The council is preparing a new planning scheme to cater for the region’s growth and has released its early “planning directions” that outline suggested changes for each suburb.

“This is a fantastic way for community members to have their say on future planning for our growing region,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“With the easing of social distancing restrictions, council is pleased to extend its engagement program to include a series of 12 drop-in information sessions (scroll down for details) at various locations across the Sunshine Coast.

“To continue to support and strengthen our ‘community of communities’, 18 local plan areas (LPAs) are proposed as part of the new planning scheme for the Sunshine Coast.

“Customising planning for local areas will help to make sure the new planning scheme is not one-size-fits-all.

“The proposed local plan areas cover the whole of the Sunshine Coast and are inclusive of rural areas and non-urban areas.

A map of the proposed Map of the proposed local plan areas.

“For the first time local towns and villages will be considered in their broader setting and context.

“Understanding what a local community considers to be their values and aspirations will ensure that the planning scheme allows each of our diverse communities to thrive in their own way.”

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The outcomes of the preliminary consultation will be used to inform the preparation of a draft new planning scheme, including local area provisions.

The community will have the opportunity to provide further feedback on that draft.

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

Proposed local plan areas involved

Beerwah-Landsborough, Blackall Range-Maleny, Bli Bli-Maroochy River Plains, Buderim and surrounds, Caloundra and surrounds, Coolum-Peregian, Eumundi-Doonan, Glasshouse-Pumicestone, Kawana Waters, Maroochydore, Mary Valley-Kenilworth, Mooloolaba-Alexandra Headland, Mooloolah Valley, Nambour and surrounds, North Shore, Sippy Downs-Palmview, Woombye-almwoods, Yandina-Maroochy River Valley.

See more at Sunshine Coast Council – Planning for our local areas.

How to have your say

View the proposed planning directions and provide feedback by completing the online surveys before Thursday, March 31.

Drop-in information sessions

Upcoming drop-in information sessions are listed below. Drop in to learn more about the project and share your thoughts.

Buderim Village District Park: March 15, 9am to 11am, Buderim Village, Buderim Village District Park, Church Street, Buderim.

Nambour Library: March 15, 1pm to 3pm, Nambour Library, Sunshine Coast Libraries, Bury Street, Nambour.

Eumundi Markets: March 16, 8am to midday, Eumundi Markets (Lonergan Lane), Memorial Drive, Eumundi.

Kawana Shoppingworld: March 17, 4pm to 6pm, Kawana Shoppingworld, Point Cartwright Drive, Buddina.

Maroochydore – Sunshine Plaza: March 19, 9am to midday, ppposite Nike (Coles end), Sunshine Plaza, Horton Parade, Maroochydore.

Maleny – Tesch Park: March 22, 9am to 11am, Tesch Park, Maleny QLD, Australia

Coolum – Tickle Park: March 22, 2pm to 4pm, Tickle Park, next to Visitor Information Centre, David Low Way, Coolum Beach.

Beerwah Library: March 23, 9am to 11am, Beerwah Library – Sunshine Coast Libraries, Peachester Road, Beerwah.

Mooloolaba – Seashells Park: March 23, 2pm to 4pm, Mooloolaba – Seashells Park (nth of SLSC), Seashells Park, Mooloolaba.

University of Sunshine Coast: March 24, 10am to midday, central area of USC – Market Day, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs.

Currimundi Marketplace: March 24, 4pm to 6pm, outside Woolworths, Currimundi Markets, Bellara Drive, Currimundi.