What is happening with the Draft City Plan?
At a special meeting of Council held on 3 September 2015, Council resolved to publicly notify the draft City Plan for an extended 11-week period between 14 September and 27 November 2015 (almost twice that required as the default period). This notification period involved significant community engagement via a number of different mediums, including the following:
- City Plan website updated with interactive mapping tool for property based inquiries
- 13,800 website visits
- 8 columns on City Plan appeared in the Redland City Bulletin
- 246 inbound ICCC phone calls
- 280 Customer Service Centre enquiries
Brochures and exhibits
- 25 fact sheets made available in web and printed form
- 20 background studies made available
Face to Face
- Approximately 2,015 event attendees
- 13 open house forums, with 866 attendees
- 13 key stakeholder briefings, with 662 attendees
- 13 pop-up displays at markets, parks and shopping centres, with 487 attendees
- 56,000 (all of Redland City) households mailed division specific draft plan information
- 7,500 (all) private and business PO Box owners sent draft plan information pack
- 11,300 (all) out of city property owners mailed draft plan information pack
Submission Review Process
Following the local Government elections and swearing in of new Councillors on Wednesday 13 April 2016 the formal review process required under legislation could begin in earnest with new Councillors.
The review has involved hundreds of hours work reviewing and classifying submissions, drafting recommendations and discussion in 25 Planning workshops with Councillors and Council officers over the past year.
To ensure that all submissions and issues were properly captured and considered, Council developed a database to register and categorise all submissions.
A list of all relevant submission issues were established in order for the categorisation process to link each submission to the issues presented. This then allowed an issue-based analysis of the submissions, which ensures that the issue was dealt with in a coordinated manner, rather than the matters being dealt with in isolation for each submission.
What happens to the Draft City Plan now?
Councillors have now worked through the majority of submission interests over the past year.
Once Councillors are satisfied that all submissions have been responded to, the next step is for Council to decide at a General Meeting whether it proceeds with an amended Plan in response to submissions and decides to submit the Plan to the Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning for second state interest review. This is expected to occur in the first quarter 2017.
After this is completed, Council is required to write to all individual submitters with advice on how Council has addressed the submissions. At the same time, Council will also make the amended plan available to the wider community for information.
Once the new City Plan commences it will be a living document that can be further amended by Council in consultation with the community.
This provides the opportunity for future Councils to bring forward a package of amendments to the plan that will allow it to continue to address future city planning needs and changing requirements. This process would follow the same steps as the consultation draft with the proposed amendments being made available for a formal period of public consultation.
What about the planning scheme policies and infrastructure plan?
The Draft City Plan sets the policy direction for Redland City into the future. Once this policy setting is decided on by adopting the plan, Council can then confirm the associated planning scheme policies and infrastructure plan.
Planning Scheme Policies support the City Plan by providing specific technical details and guidance for meeting various planning requirements within the City Plan. These policies are currently being drafted and will then go on public display and a period of public consultation before they are adopted. It is intended that these policies will form part of the City Plan and commence at the same time.
The Local Government Infrastructure Plan considers the assumed development in the City, based on the City Plan, and identifies, costs and prioritises the local infrastructure required to support this assumed development. This infrastructure plan is also currently being drafted and will then go on public display before being adopted. It is intended that this plan will form part of the City Plan and commence at the same time.
When can I access the amended Draft City Plan details and response to my submission?
The amended Draft City Plan in response to submissions, must remain confidential until the draft Plan is adopted by Council and a Council resolution is agreed to forward the amended Draft City Plan to the State Government for review. At this stage, Council will then formally contact all submitters outlining the response to their submissions and make the amended Draft City Plan publicly available for information. Council cannot legally provide any amended plan details, including individual submission responses, until these formal steps are completed and the plan can be made public.