Council on 13 October 2017 forwarded the final draft Livingstone Planning Scheme 2018, with amendments to The Minister seeking approval to adopt and commence. The amendments include changes to align the new plan with the Planning Act 2016 to align the language and rules with the new legislation, and minor changes made in response to submissions received during the earlier public consultation.
There is a requirement for local governments to prepare a Local Government Infrastructure Plan as part of planning scheme drafting to align preferred areas for urban development in the planning scheme area with a plan to deliver essential trunk infrastructure. This is via the development of a Local Government Infrastructure Plan which will form Part 4 of the Council’s new planning scheme. On 24 November 2017 the draft Local Government Infrastructure Plan and required documentation prepared by Councils appointed reviewer, Cardno, was forwarded to The Minster for review and approval to commence public notification.
Council resolved at its meeting on 6 June 2017 how to respond to all 135 submissions received on the publicly notified version of the planning scheme. This decision coincided with the commencement of new legislation for Queensland - the Planning Act 2016
To enable the new planning scheme to align with the rules of this new legislation, alignment amendments were undertaken with the partnership and assistance of The Department of Infrastructure Local Government and Planning and Ethos Urban (previously Buckley Vann Planning + Development).
The aligned version of the final Livingstone Planning Scheme was lodged with the Department of Infrastructure Local Government and Planning on 13 October 2017, some two weeks prior to state election being called on 29 October 2017. Due to the state election being held on 25 November 2017 and the new Cabinet only being announced on 11 December 2017 it is unknown at this time when Council can expect a notice from The Minister to commence the new Livingstone Planning Scheme.
Council’s website will be updated and a further email forwarded when more is known in this regard.
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