Why amend the Planning Scheme?

The process of amending a Planning Scheme is a normal and necessary part of maintaining the integrity of Council’s planning framework and something that most local governments undertake periodically. This process seeks to improve the clarity of planning policy and operation of the Planning Scheme in facilitating growth and investment, guiding good development outcomes, as well as responding to changing community needs.

Adoption of Amendment Package 2 to the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013 (Major, Minor and Administrative Amendment)

Notice is hereby given that on 24 February 2021 the Gympie Regional Council resolved to adopt Amendment Package 2 to the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013.  Commencement date of the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013 version 3.0 (incorporating Amendment Package 2) is 15 March 2021.

Amendment Package 2 is a major amendment package that has been prepared to address a wide range of matters including zoning anomalies and resolving priority operational issues to ensure improved clarity and ease of interpretation.

The Amendment affects the following parts of the Planning Scheme:

  • Part 4 – Local Government Infrastructure Plan;
  • Part 5 – Tables of Assessment;
  • Part 6 – Zones;
  • Part 8 – Development codes
  • Schedule 1 – Definitions;
  • Schedule 2 – Mapping;
  • Schedule 6 Planning scheme policies

A summary of the proposed amendments is provided below:

  • Updating various Planning Scheme map sets to incorporate new State government data (e.g. Bushfire Hazard);
  • Zoning amendments, including removing the Local Development Area (LDA) boundary from the Victory Heights LDA;
  • Amendments to the Infrastructure and Operational Works Code;
  • Amendments to the Reconfiguring a Lot Code;
  • Amendments to Planning Scheme Policy 1: Development Standards;
  • New operational works triggers in the Tables of Assessment;
  • The introduction of two new codes:
  • Home-Based Business Code
  • Advertising Devices Code
  • Relocation of certain sections and provisions in zone codes that are now detailed in consolidated codes (to avoid duplication);
  • Refinement of provisions for private open space and communal space for Dual Occupancies;
  • Amendments to car parking rates to address anomalies for particular uses;
  • General improvements focusing on improving the clarity of Council’s policy intent (e.g. redrafting provisions with clearer language and intent);
  • Removal of sections in Planning Scheme Policy 1: Development standards and in the Local Government Infrastructure Plan that refer to water and sewer requirements and replace them with references to the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils (WBBROC) Design and Construct Codes (where relevant).

Should you wish to discuss Amendment Package 2 further please contact Council’s Strategic Planning team on 07 5481 0904 or via email PlanningScheme@gympie.qld.gov.au.

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