Let your local member know what you want from the new planning scheme. Your feedback early in the process will influence the preparation of the proposed planning scheme.
Make it personal, express your concerns and share how they could use the new planning scheme to increase housing affordability, housing diversity and reduce homelessness. Each area of the Sunshine Coast will have different housing needs, let’s try and get a planning scheme that meets them. What residents near the beach want when it comes to housing affordability will be different from those living on rural properties?
Direct contact is the most effective, tried-and-tested method for citizens to bring about regulatory change.
And it works.
It is important that our elected representatives understand how it is affecting you. It’s important to share your story as survey’s do not capture your personal experience or thoughts, and it’s important our councillors hear directly from you. Share your own story, your current experience and what you want in the future.
Everyone should have a home, but many don’t. Access to housing have become tight for many residents of the Sunshine Coast. Homelessness is increasing at a rapid rate, houses are becoming unaffordable, and the rental vacancy rate is almost zero. Many are suffering, stressed, and depressed, not knowing if they will have to move away from family and long standing friends to find cheaper housing.
This Sunshine Coast Council New Planning Scheme will replace the current Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014. The new plan process is anticipated to take two to three years to complete. We are at the initial step, the preliminary public consultation stage. It’s an opportunity for us to have our say about what we would like in the new town plan.
Here is an overview of the New Planning Scheme – https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Development/Planning-Documents/New-Sunshine-Coast-Planning-Scheme/Preliminary-consultation
To learn more, there are several online information sessions for each local community https://haveyoursay.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/newplanningscheme/information-sessions
We have a rare opportunity to influence how our council tackles housing affordability in our new town plan. If we want to improve our housing diversity beyond typical suburban houses, high density housing like Aura, apartments, and retirement villages, then we need to let them know of the viable affordable alternatives. What type of housing do you want and how would you like to see it developed. If we want something different that meets our changing need, we need to speak up. Take the survey to let them know what you think or tell them how you are are experiencing housing stress in the survey links above.
We have a rare and limited opportunity to have our voices heard. Please use this opportunity in the three ways we have mentioned. The last thing you can do is please share this with your community/network. The more people contributing the better the outcome.
Thank You from all of us
Affordable Housing & Homelessness Working Group