The State Government will create new draft planning provisions to help regions like the Fraser Coast deal with population growth.
The State Government will create new draft planning provisions to help regions like the Fraser Coast deal with population growth. Alistair Brightman

Regional plan to cope with growth

WORK on a new Wide Bay-Burnett Regional Plan will start in the coming weeks and is expected to take more than a year to develop.

Premier Anna Bligh has revealed the State Government will create new draft state planning provisions before the year is out.

“With an extra 135,000 people expected to call the region home by 2031 we need to work hard now to manage growth to protect people’s great lifestyle,” Ms Bligh said.

In a release, Ms Bligh said the provisions would help to stop urban sprawl, set new standards for subdivisions, limit rural residential developments and control urban activities in rural or landscape areas.

She said Queensland was the only state to implement statutory regional plans outside the capital.

Ms Bligh also said population growth was a big issue right across the state.

“Having these regional plans in place will help stop urban sprawl and make sure our cities and towns can balance room for homes, industry and green space,” Ms Bligh said.

A Department of Infrastructure and Planning spokesperson said the statutory regional plan and the planning provisions would safeguard the region’s environment and lifestyle while still catering for economic growth.

“The plan will also deal with issues like climate change, transport needs and social challenges over the next 20 years.

“The Wide Bay-Burnett Regional Plan is expected to take more than a year to fully develop and will provide a planning horizon until 2031.

“It will ensure urban areas are readily linked to existing infrastructure and community necessities such as accommodation, education, health, community and social services.”

The government will be asking for community feedback once the provisions are released.



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