Now that the Planning Bills have been passed by Parliament, EDO are focussing on the supporting instruments such as the SEQ regional plan, which is currently under review.
Over the past year EDO Qld has held seminars in Brisbane, in Cairns, on the Gold Coast, on the Sunshine Coast and in Toowoomba to assist the community to understand and participate in the planning law reform process.
Now that the Planning Bills have been passed by Parliament, we are focussing our efforts on the supporting instruments such as the SEQ regional plan, which is currently under review.
SEQ is blessed with a range of distinct local government regions and land uses, from regional farmland areas to coastal towns and the State’s capital city, a rich diversity of natural assets in various levels of health, and 70% of the State’s population - which continues to grow.
The SEQ Regional Plan is an important tool, which can direct how both the state and local governments undertake planning and development decision making in SEQ. Regional Plans override planning schemes where there is inconsistency.
Key elements EDO Qld would like to see come through the review to create a new SEQ Regional Plan are:
- stronger mapping which locks in certain vulnerable environmental areas and corridors as protected from being developed; and
- for the plan to be reviewed on the basis of the detailed understanding of the region’s natural assets which we now have.
Consultation with the community is essential to ensure we learn from and implement the lessons of the past 25 years of regional planning for SEQ.
The Queensland Government has commenced relatively early engagement on the review, such as this event held in partnership with EDO Qld and introduced by Deputy Premier Jackie Trad and EDO Qld Law Reform Solicitor Revel Pointon.
The government also has a website where they are collecting preliminary ideas about what we want for the future of SEQ until 29 June 2016: http://www.shapingseq.com.au/ Your input can be as simple as pinning where you think the natural assets in the SEQ are most important to protect. A report will then be compiled of the responses, and this will feed into the new draft plan.
EDO Qld will run a further series of workshops with the Department of Planning on the supporting instruments, including the SEQ Regional Plan, in August.
Also, further government events are listed here.
Once the draft Plan is out, we will assist the community in making submissions by providing pointers on how the Plan can help SEQ to develop sustainably. We will notify supporters via our e-bulletin, so make sure you are subscribed!