Moreton Bay is one of the fastest growing regions in the country with the population forecast to grow by an additional 240,000 residents in the next 20 years. To help guide this growth and development Council has introduced the Neighbourhood Planning Program. The purpose of the Neighbourhood Planning Program is to:
Each neighbourhood plan will focus on a smaller local area (such as two suburbs) and will focus on locally specific matters that will help shape our neighbourhoods for the future.
Neighbourhood planning in Moreton Bay is focused on planning for established or existing (urban) neighbourhoods. Planning for the region’s numerous emerging or new neighbourhoods (greenfield growth areas) will follow a different process. For example, the Regional Growth Management Strategy and the Caboolture West planning process.
Planning and development matters can be complicated and neighbourhood planning is a beneficial process to help improve community understanding and engagement in the planning process. However, it is important to recognise the neighbourhood planning process as part of a broader suite of potential planning responses to community and development issues. Matters that require a consistent approach across the region, such as where taller buildings go or how secondary dwellings (e.g. granny flats) look and operate, will be considered through topic specific projects. More information on these projects can be found on the Reshaping our region’s planning webpage.
While each neighbourhood plan will be different, the general process that will be followed for the preparation of a neighbourhood plan will include:
Neighbourhood plans will take about two years to prepare. After the plan is approved, the State Government process will then need to be followed to reflect any changes that need to be made to the Planning Scheme, which can generally take 12 months.
Community input is essential to the neighbourhood planning process. There will be lots of opportunities for local communities to be involved and have their say as a neighbourhood plan is prepared.
These might include:
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