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.
Victory Heights LDA
Council resolved on 24 February 2021 as part of Amendment Package 2 to the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013, to remove the Victory Heights LDA boundary and keep the existing industrial zonings with the exception of Lot 2 SP246429 (Ascot Road Community Hub) being zoned for Community Purpose. As such, development applications consistent with the current zoning may continue to be considered on a case by case basis. This will allow for self-contained low impact industrial uses to continue to operate and expand in the Study Area and for new uses to establish where appropriate.
At the Ordinary meeting on 12 February 2020, Council also resolved to defer consideration of any change in zoning to the Victory Heights precinct until a region wide strategic assessment of industrial land supply is completed as part of the new Planning Scheme. This will also include as part of this above investigation the development of specific provisions to be tailored for the Victory Heights area to ensure amenity impacts arising from future industrial development can be mitigated.
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.
M08/01/17 at the Ordinary Meeting of 25 January 2017 endorsed the Southside Structure Plan to be used to inform the assessment of any development applications lodged in the LDA, until such time as the Structure Plan is integrated into the Planning Scheme. The amendment process will follow State Government legislative requirements, which will also include a period of public notification to allow landowners and the community to have their say. The supporting background Planning Report provides further detailed information that has informed the Draft Structure Plan.
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.