Sheds under new council policy
IT HAD been described as a shed shemozzle but the reams of red tape that tied up shed building on the Fraser Coast may be about to be untangled.
The same applies to a raft of other developments which will become exempt from assessment under current planning schemes as new Qld legislation takes effect.
The Fraser Coast Regional Council this week adopted new policy that aims to streamline the assessment of sheds, houses and attached duplexes in certain circumstances.
A building application could now be referred to council for assessment within 10 business days, rather than requiring a separate planning application to be lodged with the council.
Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger said the new planning legislation and the council’s policy would provide a number of benefits to the community, including shorter assessment times, reduced fees and greater housing choice, while protecting the amenity and character of our region.
“The policy is a step in the right direction to minimise the regulation of houses, sheds and attached duplexes but it is only an interim measure.”
The move is a response to new planning laws brought in by the State Government with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.
Shed builders, in particular, had been caught up in a complicated planning process involving the four existing planning schemes from the former Tiaro, Woocoo, Maryborough and Hervey Bay shires.