Local Development Area (LDA) Study Areas
The Local Development Areas (LDAs) of Southside, Victory Heights and East Deep Creek were identified in the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013 (the Planning Scheme) as areas for future residential purposes (Southside) and employment purposes (Victory Heights and East Deep Creek) subject to future investigation and the development of a structure plan over each area.
Southside LDA Study Area
Following extensive stakeholder engagement, including two rounds of community consultation, Council approved the Final Southside LDA Structure Plan at its Ordinary Meeting of 25 January 2017 as a guide for development assessment purposes.
The Structure Plan will be used to inform the assessment of any development applications lodged in the LDA, until such time as the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013 is amended to reflect the approved Structure Plan. The amendment process will commence immediately in line with State Government legislative requirements, which will also include a subsequent period of public notification of the proposed amendments to the Planning Scheme. The supporting background Planning Report provides further detailed information that has informed the Draft Structure Plan.
As an interim measure to ensure the immediate protection of environmental values identified in the LDA, Council has adopted Temporary Local Planning Instrument 1 - Southside Local Development Area effective from 11 October 2017. The TLPI regulates vegetation clearing in the LDA and dependent on the location and nature of any vegetation proposed to be cleared, an application may now be required to be submitted to Council.
East Deep Creek LDA Study Area
Council is preparing a Structure Plan for the East Deep Creek Local Development Area. The Study Area is approximately 440ha in size and is comprised by densely vegetated areas and larger lots with cleared pasture, along with established rural residential, industrial and extractive industry uses. The catalyst of the structure planning exercise at East Deep Creek is the inclusion of large areas of industry-zoned land in the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013. Council wishes to facilitate development in this area by preparing an overarching strategic level plan in light of opportunities and constraints of the area. Proposed future development in this precinct is required to comply with an adopted structure plan as referenced in the current Planning Scheme.
This Structure Plan will show the areas where industrial development can occur, what the local road network might look like and which areas would likely remain undeveloped due to constraints. The draft Structure Plan outlines intent to maximise industrial development to support the future employment growth of Gympie.
The first round of stakeholder engagement from the East Deep Creek Local Development Area Structure Plan has raised further questions about the provision of infrastructure required to facilitate industrial development at this location. As such, further research is required to determine how this will be provided. This additional step will take 3 – 4 months and will then inform the final Structure Plan to be presented to Council for endorsement. If adopted, amendments to the current Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013 will then be sought. This statutory process of amending the Planning Scheme can take up to 12 months as further public notification is required and a State interest review will be conducted by the State Government.