A DRAFT planning scheme for Toowoomba – the first in Queensland to be aligned with the Queensland Planning Provisions – was officially launched last week by Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government Paul Lucas for public consultation.
Mr Lucas said the Toowoomba Regional Council is the first of 73 local governments in the state to launch a draft local planning scheme exemplifying the QPPs, introduced by the Sustainable Planning Act (SPA) in 2009.
The QPPs aim to provide a consistent format and structure for local government planning schemes across Queensland.
"Toowoomba is leading the pack despite having to consolidate planning for eight diverse amalgamated councils," Mr Lucas said.
"Having one planning scheme enables a more holistic and coordinated approach to planning and economic development in the Toowoomba region."
The eight former councils of Cambooya, Clifton, Crows Nest, Jondaryan, Millmerran, Pittsworth, Rosalie and Toowoomba amalgamated in March 2008 to form Toowoomba Regional Council.
Currently, all eight planning schemes from the former councils are still in use across the region.
Toowoomba Regional Council expects that the new planning scheme will reduce the inefficiencies, inconsistencies and confusion with administering such a large number of planning schemes.
Mr Lucas said the draft planning scheme will guide the way land and buildings are used and developed in the whole Toowoomba region and encouraged all Toowoomba residents to have their say during the public consultation period.
Public consultation for the draft Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme ends on 2 September 2011. More information is available from the Toowoomba Regional Council website at <http://www.toowoombarc.qld.gov.au/>.