CITY PLAN CHANGES MAKE IT EASIER TO DO BUSINESS ON THE ISLANDS
The recently released new City Plan for the Redlands, is going to have a considerable positive impact on our islands.
The plan has been simplified and has introduced a zone structure to match the State Government zoning status.
A zone translation fact sheet has been developed to assist the community in understanding how the zone names were translated between the Redlands Planning Scheme 2006 and Redland City Plan 2018.
It is available here: https://yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/12789/documents/26615
From an island perspective, the new City Plan will allow a wider range of land uses which could have a significant impact on the increased development and investment in the islands.
Under the RCP 2018, the CR zone will support a wider range of land uses, as envisaged by the SMBI 2030 Plan.
An increasing range of tourism accommodation uses and a limited range of small-scale commercial uses that are subject to code assessment.
These changes could have a positive impact on areas such as child care, community care and use, nature-based tourism, food and drink, roadside stalls and outdoor sport and recreation.
Depending on the size of the developments, some are self assessable and others are code assessable.
A home based business is accepted subject to requirements (i.e. self-assessable and no planning application required, if complying with relevant provisions).
The use is consistent with the character of the locality and does not impact on neighbouring sensitive land uses or local character to a greater degree than the primary residential use of the dwelling.
Also, the use is contained within the dwelling or associated outbuildings, and does not use more than 60m2 of gross floor area and the scale of the use and intensity of activity are not substantially greater than that expected at a private residence.
Traffic and parking generated by the use also has to be compatible with the residential environment.
A council report has determined that the new City Plan will allow lower levels of assessment for certain uses and result in greater flexibility enabling lower barriers for entry to establish business on the island and will support economic development/activity on the islands.
“Flow on benefits may include: reduced requirements to travel to the mainland for work (cost/time), increased job self-containment, support for tourist based activities on the island.”
A more detailed overview of the CR Zone is outlined on: https://yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/12789/documents/51029