Amendments have been made to the Planning Regulation 2017 to allow local governments to reduce red tape and simplify planning processes to support economic recovery in response to the impacts of COVID-19.
The amendments include providing for 'Economic support instruments' which provide local governments with a quick 'opt-in' method to support local economic growth by reducing levels of assessment for development that could reasonably be expected in that zone.
Council 'opted in' to a number of these provisions by adopting an 'Economic support instrument' on 18 November 2020. An adoption notice was published on 19 November 2020, and the Economic support instrument has effect from that date.
The instrument will remain in place until 17 September 2021, unless earlier revoked by Council.
The Economic support instrument:
reduces the level of assessment from Impact assessment to Code assessment for certain land uses;
makes minor extensions to certain land uses of up to 10% or 100m2 (whichever is lesser) Accepted development, provided setback requirements are maintained, the building work is not undertaken on or adjacent to a State or Local heritage place, and there is no operational works for vegetation clearing or reduction in parking or landscaping; and makes certain Material changes of use in existing buildings Accepted development.
Public Notice – Adoption of Economic Support Instrument
Planning Regulation 2017
Notice is given under section 68E of the Planning Regulation 2017 that on 18 November 2020, Lockyer Valley Regional Council adopted an economic support instrument.
The Lockyer Valley Regional Council economic support instrument was first published on the Lockyer Valley Regional Council website on 19 November 2020 and has effect from that date. The Lockyer Valley Regional Council economic support instrument will cease to have effect on 17 September 2021, unless earlier revoked.
The Lockyer Valley Regional Council economic support instrument is available for inspection and purchase at Council's customer service centres at 26 Railway Street, Gatton, and 9 Spicer Street, Laidley, and can be viewed here.
For further information in relation to the Lockyer Valley Regional Council economic support instrument, please contact Council by telephoning 1300 005 872 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org