MOVES are underway to develop a Statutory Regional Plan for Central Queensland to help resolve land use conflicts, according to the Queensland Government.
Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney last week convened the first meeting of the committee that will guide the preparation of the Central Queensland Regional Plan.
The meeting in Emerald drew together the mayors of five councils, six Members of State Parliament and 11 members representing business, industry and community groups.
Mr Seeney said the Central Queensland Regional Planning Committee would be a forum to address community issues and interests and will make sure the views of both local and wider groups are considered.
"This committee will oversee the regional planning process and increase understanding within the community of the Central Queensland Regional Plan," Mr Seeney said, adding that there will be widespread community consultation throughout the development of the regional plan.
Mr Seeney said including land use mapping in the statutory regional plan would help resolve conflict between landholders and the agricultural and resources sectors.
"This plan will ensure the region grows in a managed and sustainable way and will let us deal with urban expansion, the timing and sequencing of infrastructure and enhancing agricultural, resource and tourism opportunities while ensuring management of environmental impacts," the Minister said.
He said the committee would represent a range of regional viewpoints and interests during the preparation of the Central Queensland Statutory Regional Plan, which is expected to be finalised in August 2013.
It is expected there will be opportunities for community input during the drafting of the plans over the next six months and a formal consultation period for submissions on draft plans early next year.