Looking towards planning Noosa’s future.
Looking towards planning Noosa’s future.

What’s the plan Noosa? Council sells its vision

THE new Noosa Plan includes a complete assessment and rewrite of the more than 1250 pages that now make up this blueprint for the future.

And the council hopes to convince the local business sector its document that is pending state approval, will reduce red tape and create new financial opportunities.

“There are about 75 examples of how we have reduced the levels of assessments or red tape,” said director of Environment and Sustainable Development Kim Rawlings.

“That means businesses can gain faster approvals or in some instances they no longer require approvals at all.”

Ms Rawlings said the plan also “protects the fundamental values of Noosa”.

“The new Noosa Plan delves much further into a whole range of land use scenarios that guide the way we live, the way we approach development and what type of Noosa we want in the future,” she said.

“It provides a master plan for the Noosa Business Centre next to Noosa Civic that will include new business and housing opportunities in a mixed-use village precinct,” she said.

“In the industrial areas, there is greater flexibility which meets the growing need for co-location of complementary businesses, and the scheme also paves the way for new business models in the Venture Dr Enterprise precinct and Gateway West Makers Precinct.”

Ms Rawlings said a key inclusion is to maintain the boundaries and character of distinct towns and villages.

“This is a blueprint for the future, which aims to preserve the look-and-feel of Noosa while responding to the need for greater diversity and housing options,” Ms Rawlings said.

“It does this without increasing our urban footprint and by considering our ageing population.

“The new scheme also provides for many enhanced environmental outcomes, including new mapping for koalas and protected zones such as riparian areas.”

Council has endorsed the plan a and the document will be reviewed by the State Planning Minister before coming back to council for final adoption

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