Draft Redland City Plan 2015 – be part of your city’s future

The draft Redland City Plan 2015 was today released for public consultation, with Council encouraging the community to be part of the city’s future by having their say.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said today’s opening of the public consultation process was a milestone in developing a new blueprint for the city.

“Council has been working towards this moment for more than a year, so it is exciting the community can now view the draft plan and have their say,” she said.

“From today residents will find a raft of information on Council’s website, including the draft city plan and information specific to individual suburbs.

“Today also signifies the beginning of an extended public consultation period with the first community engagement session being held in Cleveland this Thursday.

“This plan will help shape the future of the city and because of its importance we will be keeping public consultation open for 11 weeks, nearly twice as long as we are required to, providing plenty of opportunity for the community to get involved.

“Up until 27 November a consultation roadshow will be rolled out across the city including engagement sessions and pop-up displays.  Council will also write to every resident to encourage them to get involved.”

Council’s City Planning and Assessment spokesperson Cr Julie Talty (Division 6) said Council’s draft city plan was designed to balance the needs of our growing city with the Redlands’ unique environmental character.

“The State Government has asked us to find room for an estimated additional 50,000 people and 26,000 new homes between now and 2041 and this draft plan focuses development in existing residential areas rather than new green field sites,” she said.

“It’s about getting the balance right so new residents can be accommodated while maintaining all the things we love about the city.

“The draft Redland City Plan 2015 is also easier for people to use, meaning residents will have a better understanding of how it will guide the city’s future moving forward.

“Public submissions can be made either by hard copy or online.  Council officers are on hand to show people how to make a submission and answer any questions.”

Consultation events will include:
· Open House events at locations across the City
· More than a dozen pop-ups information booths across the city
· Permanent displays at Council Customer Service Centres
· Meet the planner 20-minute sessions – on Tuesday each week, telephone Council 3829 8999 to book

· Six-page Divisional Householder Brochure mailed to each city residential address – includes a summary of division specific changes
· Fact sheets mailed to absent landholders, organisations and businesses
· A dedicated website, including factsheets and divisional information
· Email updates to registered users
· Facebook, Twitter promotion and video content

To view the draft Redland City Plan 2015 and the full list of engagements visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/cityplan.