TOOWOOMBA: New planning scheme

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) is preparing to seek wide public input into a major planning project- Toowoomba Region Futures, that will build a community vision for the region’s growth and development for the next 30 years.

The Toowoomba Region Futures program is a five-year project that will deliver a new planning scheme, a growth plan (to guide population and employment growth) and an Infrastructure Plan.

Council is seeking ideas from the community during the strategic planning stage of the process including around streamlining approval processes and the location of future residential zones.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said public feedback would be sought via a range of forums in 2021, with ongoing consultation to continue in the following years, to ensure the Toowoomba Region Futures program delivers key strategic planning strategies to cater for a diverse and growing region

Over the next 30 years and beyond.

TRC Planning and Development Committee chair Cr Megan O’Hara Sullivan and Committee portfolio leader Cr Bill Cahill also sought input around key considerations such as heritage and environmental issues, the protection of amenity within the Region’s existing neighbourhoods, and the sustainable provision of critical urban infrastructure.

Council started its Planning Scheme review in July 2018 to satisfy State legislative requirements to review the document within 10 years of its most recent adoption. The Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme was made on July 2, 2012 and must be reviewed by July 2, 2022.

For more information on the Toowoomba Region Futures program, please click here.

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

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