Southern Downs Planning Scheme –Proposed Carnell Raceway Overlay

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 more significant amendments proposed is the implementation of an overlay which encompasses Carnell Raceway and its surrounds, which would operate in a similar way to the current Morgan Park Overlay.

Southern Downs Portfolio Councillor for Planning and Property, Neil Meiklejohn explained that the purpose of the overlay code is to ensure that development within the overlay is compatible with the impacts of the raceway.

“The activities carried out at Carnell Raceway do have the potential to impact on residential development in the surrounding area.

“To reduce potential conflict between the raceway and future residential uses, the proposed overlay will restrict both the subdivision of land and the use of land within the overlay area for residential uses such as dual occupancies, community residences, multiple dwellings, residential care facilities, relocatable home parks and retirement facilities.

“In addition, any new dwellings constructed within the overlay will need to incorporate noise attenuation measures like air conditioning and insulation.

“These changes will bring the planning provisions for Carnell Raceway in line with those for Morgan Park, and it is this type of consistency that Council is seeking to achieve with some of the proposed amendments in the Planning Scheme and across the region,” he said.

Cr Meiklejohn emphasised that the consultation process is the opportunity for residents to make a submission about the amendment if they had concerns.

“Council has developed a fact sheet specifically about this proposed change which outlines what proposed amendments will affect Carnell Raceway 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).

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