Consultation activities and information
In May 2013, the draft Mackay Region Planning Scheme (Draft Scheme) was made available for public consultation for a 12 week period. A total of 369 submissions were received during this period.
Following the public consultation period, further planning initiatives and supporting studies, notably the Regional Sustainability Strategy, resulted in amendments being made to the Draft Scheme. These amendments ensure the region's growth and development is planned sustainably and efficiently for the collective benefit of landowners, residents and business. Council undertook additional public consultation on these proposed changes from October 22, 2014 - December 3, 2014. A total of 35 submissions were received during the 2014 public consultation period.
The response to submission report for the 2013 and 2014 consultation can be found here.
There are a number of studies that have informed the Draft Mackay Region Planning Scheme.
These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Draft Centres Strategy
- Draft Residential Densities Strategy
- Goosepond's Creek/Janes Creek Flood Study
- McCready's Creek and Pioneer River Flood Studies
- Mackay City Centre Local Area Plan
- Marian and Mirani Local Area Plan
- Sarina and Coastal Communities Local Area Plan
On October 28, 2016, the proposed Mackay Region Planning Scheme was again made available for public consultation for just over 6 weeks. A total of 143 submissions were received during this period. The response to submission report for the 2016 consultation can be found here.
- 2016 Consultation factsheet
- State Planning Policy and the Planning Scheme factsheet
- 2016 proposed Mackay Region Planning Scheme Executive Summary document
2016 Peer Review
Council engaged RPS Planning Consultants and MWH Global to review the scheme for the purposes of workability and comparison to other regions. RPS compared the levels of assessment in our region against other comparable Queensland regional centres, while MWH reviewed in the context of differing policy positions, with emphasis on risk tolerance. The project sought to determine council’s risk tolerance levels quantify the change in the land use policy between the older schemes and the proposed scheme. The ‘Positive Perspectives’ project identified strengths and advantages of the three current Mackay Regional Council Planning Schemes, against two similar current planning schemes of comparable local government areas.