Concern over potential rates changes
WESTERN Downs Regional Council has extended the public consultation for amendments to its planning scheme.
The news comes after community members expressed concern about the proposed changes, which in some cases meant rezoning land for industrial use close to residential areas.
But there’s another element in the discussion that has caused concern.
Miles Chamber of Commerce member and affected landholder David Sweetapple said while the changes for Miles made sense, he was concerned about their potential impact on rates.
He said his land had been rezoned to industrial use and due to that rezoning his rates could go up even if he’s still using it for residential purposes.
“What will happen is the heavy-use industrial will be higher value than ordinary industrial, which is higher than domestic,” Mr Sweetapple said.
“So the valuer-general will cause the rates to go up and council will point to that and say ‘oh it’s not us’.”
In a statement, Western Downs council said “changes in zoning of land in itself does not affect rates. Rates are levied based on the actual use of the land and its relative value.”
Submissions to the proposed planning scheme amendments were originally to close on November 30 but have been extended to Friday, December 14.
Submission forms can be found on the council’s website at wdrc.info/western -downs-planning-scheme or at a customer contact centre.
Submissions can be handed in to any customer contact centre or sent via email to strategic.planning @wdrc.qld.gov.au. For more information, visit the council’s website or call 1300 COUNCIL (1300 268 624).
❝industrial Heavy-use will be higher value... — David Sweetapple