The new planning scheme was adopted on March 20, 2012, and came into force on July 1, 2012.
The previous planning schemes are now referred to as superseded planning schemes.
Since the commencement of the new planning scheme, an applicant has the opportunity for 12 months to request that council assesses their application under the superseded planning scheme. Council may agree to the request or refuse in which case compensation provisions contained in Chapter 9, Part 3 of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 may apply.
The below timeline provides a brief overview of the process of putting together the new planning scheme:
Council planners prepared the framework for the new planning scheme in accordance with State Government guidelines.
Fifteen background studies were completed to provide regional perspectives on a variety of planning issues.
A Community Summit was held in Oakey to start discussions on planning and development for the region.
The draft planning scheme was written.
Community consultations were held to prepare the Local Area Planning section of the new scheme. The following three areas feature in the new planning scheme:
The draft scheme underwent peer, legal and state government checks to ensure it met all of the necessary statutory guidelines.
The draft planning scheme was provided to the State Government in March 2011 for the 'First State Interest Check', where state departments reviewed the scheme to ensure it met the requirements of their respective policies.
From Saturday 23rd July until Friday 2nd September 2011, the draft planning scheme was on public display for six weeks so that all residents could access the scheme and make a submission if they had any concerns, ideas or suggestions.
Planning staff reviewed all of the 700+ submissions received from the public and highlighted all of issues raised. Changes were made to the draft scheme in response to those issues. The final version of the draft scheme was sent to the State Government in December for the ‘Second State Interest Check’ for final sign-off.
In February, council received final confirmation in writing from the Minister for Local Government and Planning to confirm that the final version of the planning scheme had been approved by the State Government.
On March 20, at a council meeting, the new planning scheme was officially adopted and an implementation date of July 1 was set for the scheme.
On 1st July, the new planning scheme comes into forces across the entire Toowoomba Regional Council's area. The 8 previous planning schemes become history - now know as superseded planning schemes.
Council has finished reviewing all 713 submissions that were received during the draft planning scheme public consultation period, which went from Monday July 25 – Friday September 2 2011.
Details of council’s responses are included in the Summary of Submissions document, which contains all of the issues raised in the submissions, council’s response and whether or not any changes were made to the draft planning scheme as a result.
All those who made a submission should have received a letter from council containing their unique submission number.