Con­cern over po­ten­tial rates changes

Chinchilla News - - NEWS -

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 -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 For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the coun­cil’s web­site or call 1300 COUN­CIL (1300 268 624).

❝in­dus­trial Heavy-use will be higher value... — David Swee­t­ap­ple

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