Draft plan­ning scheme of­fered up

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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