September 2017 - “Alignment Amendment and finalising the new Livingstone Planning Scheme”
Following Council’s initial resolution on 6 June 2017 and additional resolution on 1 August 2017, all changes to the draft scheme as publicly notified and as resolved by Council have been made. On 3 July 2017, Queensland started operating a new planning system, the Planning Act 2016. Replacing the previous planning legislation—the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA)— the new legislation provides for a more transparent and open planning system. With the commencement of the Planning Act comes changes in terminology and rules about how planning schemes are to function. The template used to prepare new Planning Schemes – The Queensland Planning Provisions - has also changed. The draft Livingstone Planning Scheme as publicly notified was drafted to align with the abovementioned template which responded to the rules for development under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA).
In order for our new planning scheme to reflect the new assessment rules and terminology, Council has partnered with the Department of Infrastructure Local Government and Planning to have alignment amendments made to bring into line our ‘new planning scheme’ with the ‘new Planning Act’. The alignment amendments must comply with the rules set by the Queensland Government. The alignment amendment version of the draft new Livingstone Planning Scheme was completed on 6 October 2017. Council will formally lodge this version of the Planning Scheme to the State Government. The final planning scheme is then subject to approvals from within the Department of Infrastructure Local Government and Planning and the approval from The Minster for Local Government and Deputy Premier, the Honourable Jackie Trad.
Considering this process, it is now expected that the approval from The Minister and subsequent commencement of a new planning scheme is more likely to be in December 2017.
Matters raised in submissions are being summarised and each submitter will receive written notification of how their submission was treated. This will occur following the confirmation of Council minutes from the Ordinary Council Meeting 6 June 2017.
In order to advance and commence a new planning scheme, Council has been limited in the kind of changes able to be made without the need to repeat the public consultation process. Where changes would have changed policy or are substantial enough that a person may have made a submission, Council will schedule relevant work to be done and future amendments.
Council resolved on 6 June 2017 on all submissions and to advance the draft Livingstone Planning Scheme to the Minister with changes.
In addition to the Council resolving on a way to advance the Scheme making process, Council also is required to now adopt statutory documents to align with the State's Planning Reform which will commence on 3 July 2017. This new legislation will determine new development assessment rules and Ministers guidelines and rules for processes in relation to statutory and non statutory planning instruments.
January 2017 - Public Consultation and Review of Submissions
The draft Livingstone Planning Scheme has now completed public consultation.
All submissions are now being reviewed for content and how various matters raised are to be treated.
Council received just short of 140 submissions, and dealt with over 300 customer requests during the 2 month consultation from 16 November 2016 to 16 January 2017. All submitters have now been sent a letter of acknowledgment.
Matters raised in submissions are being summarised and each submitter will receive written notification of how their submission was treated. Submissions are considered as per the Queensland Government Statutory Guidelines 04/14 – Making and amending local planning instruments.
A summary report and Council's determination of submissions will also be published on Council's website. All submissions will be work-shopped with Council in late February and early March 2017. Council is scheduled to make a resolution regarding submissions by mid-March 2017.
Submissions for the Draft Livingstone Planning Scheme have now closed.
Council’s Growth Management and Development Assessment Team is able to assist you with any further queries which you may have in regards to the Draft Livingstone Planning Scheme, though no further submissions will be accepted. You can contact our team on 1300 790 919 or via email@example.com .
An array of information has been made available to assist with planning and development matters in the Livingstone Shire planning scheme area.
To find out more about existing plans and strategies and the draft Livingstone Planning Scheme visit www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/plansstrategies