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Southern Downs Planning Scheme – Proposed rezoning of land in Allora

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 rezoning of 20 Herbert Street and 22 South Street Allora. The land at 20 Herbert Street is the site of the GrainX grain storage and handling facility, and the land at 22 South Street is the site of Denny’s Engineering and Welding Pty Ltd.

Southern Downs Portfolio Councillor for Planning and Property, Neil Meiklejohn said the proposed amendment is to rezone this land from the Low density residential zone to the Industry zone.

“The proposed zone change is about aligning the current land use with the relevant zone.

“With regard to the land at 20 Herbert Street, the proposal does not alter the need to properly investigate the current complaints predominantly related to environmental issues with GrainX. Nor does it alter the requirements of existing approvals on the land,” 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 rezoning which outlines details and possible implications.

“The consultation period is open until March 31, so I would encourage people to consider the draft amendments to the planning scheme 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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