Proposed amendments to the Bundaberg Regional Council Planning Scheme 2015 regarding building heights are now available for residents to view and comment on.
The public notification period opened today, Friday 24 June, and submissions can be made until Friday 22 July.
Council Group Manager Development Michael Ellery said the proposed amendment seeks to strengthen controls for building height for development along the coast, including high density residential development at Bargara.
“The amendment primarily seeks to address the potential impacts from development on sea turtles, such as impacts from artificial lighting,” Mr Ellery said.
“However, the proposed amendment also seeks to address concerns regarding the impacts from increased building height on the character and amenity of an area more generally, and community expectations with respect to building height.
“This includes the ability for the community to have a say on any development application for development in the sea turtle sensitive area, where building height exceeds the nominated threshold.
“The sea turtle sensitive area covers all land within about 1.5 km of the region’s coastline and takes in the region’s coastal townships.”
He said he encouraged all residents to provide their feedback on the proposed planning scheme amendments.
“This public notification period is an important part of the planning scheme amendment process.
“The proposed amendment helps to reiterate the importance of building height provisions in the planning scheme for achieving both sea turtle protection and character and amenity outcomes.
“Our goal is to ensure planning decisions reflect the best interests of the community and obtaining resident feedback is a big part of that.”
The draft amendment is intended to replace the Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI) 1/2021: Protection of Sea Turtles – Bargara Building Heights.
The proposed amendment also includes changes to how building height is assessed in other zones and localities across the Bundaberg Region.
To view the draft planning scheme amendments and make a submission, head to the project page.
The proposed amendment is also available for viewing at Council’s customer service centres.
For more information contact the strategic planning team on 1300 883 699.