Draft planning scheme offered up
THE draft planning scheme has been released for the region and residents are invited to speak with planners tomorrow if they have any questions.
As the Douglas area is splitting from the Cairns Regional Council, all relevant information in the draft planning scheme will be handed over to the incoming Douglas Shire Council, which will need to develop a draft planning scheme in its first term.
CRC manager strategic planning and econ- omic development Peter Boyd said it is important that Douglas residents participated in the public consultation to help feed the future DSC document.
‘‘The Douglas region should get involved because it provides an opportunity to have a discussion with the new council,’’ he said.
‘‘Council has conducted a body of work prepared over the last few years and this is an opportunity to provide feedback through to the broader community, after various information sessions with different industry focus groups.
‘‘If anyone has questions, they can get a tailored response rather than a generic response on specific issues they might have to do with their house site, commercial property or for general questions on how the planning scheme covers heritage or environmental issues - any issues people have.’’
Port Douglas and Mossman have their own local plans, an acknowledgement of their differences, and the Daintree and surrounding areas have planning provisions. ‘‘Mossman plan supports the character of the area, identifiably unique area and Port Douglas plan is really focused on tourism activities and environment and reinforces the master plan as well,’’ Mr Boyd said.
Any submissions for amendments will be passed on to the Douglas Shire Council. Talk To A Planner Day is on tomorrow (October 4) at the Port Douglas Community Centre; to book a 15-minute appointment phone 4044 3542.