Southern Downs Planning Scheme – New area for intensive animal industry and special industry
Southern Downs Regional Council is proposing to make a range of amendments to the Southern Downs Planning Scheme and is welcoming public submissions as part of the community consultation process.
The Southern Downs Planning Scheme was adopted in 2012. A major review of the scheme commenced in 2015 and, following a State interest review of the proposed amendments which commenced in March 2016, Council has recently been advised by the Deputy Premier that public consultation of the proposed amendments can now be undertaken.
One of the proposed amendments includes the identification of an area to the south-east of Warwick as an area suitable for intensive animal industry and special industry. The area comprises seven allotments located to the south of Morgan Park, with frontage to Warwick-Killarney Road, Old Stanthorpe Road, and Morgan Park Road.
Intensive animal industries include activities such as feedlots, piggeries and poultry farms. Special industries are industrial activities that have the potential to create significant impacts. Examples of special industries include rendering plants and manufacturing of fertilisers.
Southern Downs Portfolio Councillor for Planning and Property, Neil Meiklejohn explained that the proposed amendment would make development applications for intensive animal and special industries in this area, code assessable rather than impact assessable.
“The proposal is to create an area especially for these industries, and to make developments in this area subject to code assessment. In this case, the application would still require planning approval from Council; however it would not require public notification.
“Council has developed a fact sheet specifically about this proposed change which provides details about the area identified for intensive animal and special industries as well as a map, what these industries are, the proposed changes, and how to make a submission.
“The consultation period is open until March 31, so I would encourage people to consider the draft plan and the supporting documentation and to make a submission to Council if they’re passionate about something in the proposals,” he said.
The public consultation period is open until 31 March 2017. There are various ways in which the public and potentially affected stakeholders can be part of the consultation process.
During the consultation period, the Draft Amended Planning Scheme, planning scheme maps and a range of fact sheets will be available at the Council’s Warwick and Stanthorpe Community Contact Centres, and on Council’s website.
Additionally, members of the public are welcome to make appointments with Council’s Planning Department to discuss the proposed amendments.
For further information about the proposed amendments, or to arrange a meeting to discuss the amendments, please contact Council on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372).
Proposed area for intensive animal industries and special industries