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The Scenic Rim is growing – you can help plan for the future

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Scenic Rim Regional Council, Media Release, 11 March 2021

Scenic Rim residents and businesses are being encouraged to provide input in planning the region’s future growth.

Mayor Greg Christensen said a survey will open next Wednesday 17 March and encouraged the Scenic Rim community to have their say on Council’s first-ever region-wide growth management strategy.

As a major centre in the Scenic Rim, Beaudesert is expected to experience significant growth in the next 20 years. Photo taken on the 31st August 2012.

“An important element to developing the growth management strategy is for Council to engage the local community and stakeholders to understand their interests, needs, concerns and preferred development outcomes for the region,” he said.

“With a steady increase in population over the past decade and the Scenic Rim’s population forecast to reach 61,000 people by 2041, we want to understand how the community sees the projected growth occurring, including location of growth areas and land for employment opportunities as well as providing the right mix of housing types for our community.

“The Scenic Rim Growth Management Strategy will plan for this steady population growth to ensure existing and future residents continue to enjoy a good quality of life through well-planned, sustainable growth underpinned by appropriate infrastructure, services and community facilities.

“Our role is to offer our growing community the right amount of appropriately zoned land that offers a choice of dwelling types and job opportunities to meet the variety of household and community needs.

“It’s an exciting time for the Scenic Rim as we envisage our future and plan the management of the growth across the region in a way that also celebrates and respects the foundations that make us the richest place on earth.”

Cr Christensen said the growth management strategy would be used strategically to shape the future planning for the region.

“The strategy will also provide a planning framework to responsibly guide and manage our region’s future growth and is an essential process to continue the ongoing management of the Scenic Rim Planning Scheme 2020 to ensure it continues to address evolving planning issues,” he said.

“In addition, data collected for the growth management strategy process will also be provided to the Queensland Government to inform the review of the ShapingSEQ South East Queensland Regional Plan 2017 by confirming dwelling supply benchmarks, employment targets, and identifying areas for future growth.”

Community members and local businesses can provide input into the development of the Scenic Rim Growth Management Strategy by completing the online survey at www.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/have-your-say from Wednesday 17 March until 16 April 2021.

The information gathered will inform the drafting of Council’s new growth management strategy, which is expected to be available for community consultation towards the end of 2021.

For residents unable to complete the survey online, please visit a Council Customer Service and Administration Centre or your local library to request a printed copy.



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