Council amends proposed City Plan for Ministerial sign-off

Redland City Council today agreed to submit an amended draft Redland City Plan to the Queensland Government that addresses matters raised through a state interest review.

The details of the new City Plan review remain confidential until Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, the Hon Jackie Trad, agrees to its public release for consultation.

Today’s Special Council Meeting confidentially considered some minor amendments to the plan raised through the state interest review process.

Council’s City Planning and Assessment spokesperson, Councillor Julie Talty, said after carrying out the State Interest Review the Minister must write to Council advising it can publicly consult on its proposed planning scheme.

“Council’s draft City Plan has now addressed a small number of minor issues raised through the State Interest review process,” Cr Talty said.

“The next step will be public consultation.

“Once adopted the Redland City Plan would be Council’s blueprint for the future development of the city.

“It will enable the city to manage and take advantage of economic and growth opportunities, while maintaining the distinctive character and lifestyle that makes us one of the most ecologically sustainable cities in Australia and a great place to live,” she said.

“A key principle underlying the work done on the City Plan has been to reduce the complexity of the planning scheme and make it easier to understand and more user-friendly.

“Previous plans and community engagements that have fed into the draft city plan include Redlands 2030 – Community Plan, Residential Land Availability Review, The Economic Development Framework, Open Space Strategy and Social Infrastructure Plan.

“Prior to finalising the draft City Plan, Council has hosted library forums, kitchen table talks; pop-up displays, information displays and interactive online activities around key supporting studies.

“The Redland City Plan 2015 website also provides a wealth of information on city planning issues and background topics.

“Future consultation on the new draft City Plan will include community forums, online information and activities, library displays, mail-outs to all residents, fact sheets, meet the planner sessions and meetings with key groups.

“The public consultation on the City Plan will be widely advertised and all residents are encouraged to have their say at that time.”

State Planning Policy requirements for local planning fall under five broad themes of  liveable communities and housing, economic growth, environment and heritage, safety and resilience to hazards and infrastructure.