Changes have been proposed to the Bundaberg Regional Council Planning Scheme and residents are invited to submit their feedback.
The proposal includes a major amendment and a Mon Repos Sea Turtle amendment.
Planning and development portfolio spokesman Cr Ross Sommerfeld said the Planning Scheme was a living document that required regular updates to remain relevant to the community.
“This amendment proposes ongoing improvements to the operation and efficiency of the planning scheme in addition to changes that will guide the future growth and development of the region,” Cr Sommerfeld said.
“Among other changes, the major amendment looks to clarify the rules for dual occupancy development and secondary dwellings.
“It is also proposed to add another 12 places of local heritage significance, including the former Union Bank and Baldwin Swamp.
“The major amendment also includes local planning for identified growth areas including Kalkie-Ashfield and Bargara, as well as the Burnett Heads town centre and boat harbour.”
Cr Sommerfeld said the Mon Repos Sea Turtle amendment was created in response to ministerial direction and would provide a greater level of protection for the Mon Repos area.
“This proposal incorporates a sea turtle sensitive area overlay code into the planning scheme,” he said.
“It will provide siting, design and domestic lighting provisions for future development along the coast, to ensure it does not have adverse impacts on turtle nesting and activity.”
Cr Sommerfeld said it was important that the community reviewed the proposed changes.
“All of the documents for the proposed changes can be found on Council’s website.
“Public submissions are now open until 21 October.”
Submissions must be received no later than 4.45pm on Monday, 21 October 2019 and can be made to Bundaberg Regional Council by post, delivered in person, or via email to email@example.com.
The proposed amendments and explanatory material is available for viewing and download at bundaberg.qld.gov.au/have-your-say.