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The formal public notification period for the Whitsunday Regional Council Draft Planning Schemeclosed on Friday 16 October with the final number of submissions received still to be determined.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the public consultation program undertaken on the Draft PlanningScheme and the future of the Whitsundays and has involved over 1200 stakeholder engagements over a two year period.
“This has been the most extensive consultation program undertaken by Council involvingcommunity workshops in 2014, public forums in 2015 as well as various phone surveys, publicnotifications and making all technical studies and preliminary drafts of the Planning Schemeavailable for public viewing. This is in addition to stakeholder meetings and the development of the Industry Reference Group,” Mayor Whitney said.
“While it’s too soon to know the exact number of submissions received, feedback to date showsgood support for land zoned for residential and industrial purposes, red tape reduction associated with starting small businesses, development in flood and landslip areas and protection of key agricultural land. The focus of residents’ concern include issues such as building heights in Airlie Beach, the redevelopment of the Bowen Boat Harbour and rural residential lot sizes,”
“Overall we have received a considerable amount of feedback and Council will now review thesubmissions.
As the review progresses Council will continue to inform the community in regards to the keyissues raised as part of the consultation process.
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