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Southern Downs Planning Scheme – Proposed changes for motor sport facilities at Carnell Raceway

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 changes proposed, will affect Carnell Raceway in Stanthorpe.

Southern Downs Portfolio Councillor for Planning and Property, Neil Meiklejohn said the proposed amendment would change the level of assessment that currently applies to motor sport facilities at the raceway.

“At the moment, proposals to increase motor sport activities at Carnell Raceway are subject to impact assessment, which means planning approval is required and the development application must go through a public notification process.

“The proposed amendment is that a motor sport facility at Carnell Raceway will be a self-assessable development, and no longer an impact assessment development.

“The upshot of this is that any proposal to increase motor racing at the raceway may proceed without approval from Council, providing certain requirements are met,” he said.

The self-assessable requirements include:

  • access to a sealed road;
  • building setback requirements;
  • building height restrictions; and
  • landscaping requirements.

 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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