BUNDABERG: Updated policy seeks consistency on agricultural buffers

In response to the Bundaberg branch’s submission, council has undertaken to monitor performance of a new agricultural buffers policy.

In particular, council will monitor whether agricultural buffers provided as part of development are better at achieving the outcomes sought. Council will also consider other amendments to the planning scheme.

A new planning scheme policy for agricultural buffers with amendment was adopted by council on the 24 November 2020 and came into effect on the 4 December 2020.

The Bundaberg branch made a submission on the proposal supporting action in this area but rejecting the requirement for covenants that could be a substantial burden on home owners and calling for greater community education and new tree planting advice. The Bundaberg Regional Council response is here.

Council sought to minimise the conflicts between agricultural operations and urban development and reduce complaints.

The Planning Scheme currently addresses this state interest by mapping of agricultural land and through requiring vegetated buffers between an existing agricultural use and any encroaching urban development.

The updated policy seeks to provide greater consistency of buffer outcomes. Permanent and transitional buffers are generally vegetated with infrastructure and other development excluded and protected by way of property covenant placed on the title of the land. The landowner is to be generally required to maintain the buffer to ensure its effectiveness.

The adopted amendment also included an update to the Planning Scheme Policy for Development Works.

Any views or comments for inclusion in Institute submissions can be provided to Policy Manager, Martin Zaltron, via email or on (07) 3229 1589.

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