Ma­jor changes to coun­cil plan

The Chronicle - - ON THE MAP NEWS -

WEST­ERN DOWNS: Ma­jor changes to the West­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil’s Plan­ning Scheme and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment In­fra­struc­ture Plan have come into ef­fect, stream­lin­ing the pro­cesses and cre­at­ing greater busi­ness con­fi­dence.

The changes re­place six of the re­gion’s schemes, gives a 10-day turn­around for cer­tain ap­pli­ca­tions and re­move the need for de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions for of­fice or re­tail out­lets.

The coun­cil has com­mit­ted to un­der­take six-monthly reviews, and where nec­es­sary amend­ments, to en­sure the plan­ning scheme can re­spond to the chang­ing needs of the re­gion.

West­ern Downs Mayor Paul McVeigh said scheme was de­vel­oped to al­low the re­gion to grow and meet chang­ing cir­cum­stances.

“We now have one of the most modern plan­ning schemes in the state,” he said.

“When you con­sider how much our re­gion has grown over the past five years, it is crit­i­cal that we have a plan­ning scheme which is ag­ile and re­spon­sive so it can adapt to our grow­ing econ­omy and cap­ture all of the fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties which are cer­tain to come.”

Phone 1300 268 624 for de­tails, or down­load and view the new scheme at

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