Cr Ian Petersen.
Cr Ian Petersen.

New scheme will cut red tape for developers

RED tape will be reduced for local developments, and agri-tourism and other agricultural businesses will be easier to establish under the region's new planning scheme, which will come into force within the next few weeks.

The scheme was last week approved by Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney.

Planning Councillor Ian Petersen yesterday said Gympie Regional Council would now adopt it, with possibly some minor tweaks.

"It is the culmination of a lot of very hard work and intensive land use studies but the end result is, in my view, really excellent and well worth all the time and effort," Cr Petersen said.

One of the biggest features of the scheme is its major reduction in red tape.

"It establishes the lowest possible level of assessment without compromising outcomes and is very easy to read," he said.

"It's user friendly for staff and customers."


Among the more significant changes are:

  • Areas suitable for multi-residential developments have been consolidated around commercial centres;
  • The planning scheme minimises the regulatory process for suitable uses in suitable areas;
  • It zones extensive areas for investigation for long-term industrial growth;
  • Exempts the need to obtain development approval for tenancy changes in commercial buildings;
  • Protects and promotes rural areas by making rural industries and agri-business much easier to establish;
  • Promotes on-farm value adding;
  • Zones the region's smaller rural townships to allow for expansion and flexibility for low key businesses.
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