YOU can have your say from today on the plan that will guide the Moreton Bay region for the next 20 years.
The Moreton Bay Regional Council Planning Scheme is open for public consultation for 30 business days; from July 4 to August 15.
The region's councillors are urging residents to look carefully at the plan and make a submission.
"When it is released make sure you go and you have a look because this is what determines what you can do on your property and it determines what people can do on properties around you," Division 3 councillor Greg Chippendale said.
"It's important when it does come out we get people to check what affects them. It's their livelihood."
The draft planning scheme is available at http://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/mbrcplanningscheme from Friday, at Moreton Bay Region Libraries, or you can talk to staff at council's Strathpine, Caboolture and Redcliffe customer service centres.
Chook buffer zones no paltry issue
BETH and Les Lamberton bought their Elimbah property more than 25 years ago with plans to subdivide the land and retire, but now they are stuck with no superannuation and no way to develop the land.
They're upset the State Government has knocked back an attempt by the Moreton Bay Regional Council to prevent the same thing happening to others in the future.
The Lambertons live next to a poultry farm. This wouldn't be too much of a problem if it weren't for requirements for a 300m buffer zone.
The rules are in place to ensure farms don't adversely affect nearby residences but for the Lambertons they're a disaster. The farm's buffer zone spills onto the couple's land and extends across much of their property, making it virtually unable to be developed.
"I wake up about three o'clock in the morning and I just lay there worrying about what's going to happen and it keeps me awake two and three hours," Mr Lamberton said.
"But we just can't think of anything else we can do."
New regulations knocked back
In the draft Moreton Bay Regional Planning Scheme, due for public release this Friday, the council tried to impose regulations that would force buffer zones to be contained wholly within the farm.
It wouldn't have helped the Lambertons but Division 12 councillor Adrian Raedel said he had hoped it would prevent similar situations occurring in the future.
"What somebody does on their property shouldn't affect what happens on neighbouring properties," he said.
"It wasn't about stopping poultry farms from building.
"It was about stopping poultry farms affecting neighbouring properties."
But the State Government has rejected the proposed change, telling the council to alter that section of the regional plan before it could go to public consultation.
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said in a statement the proposed changes would "unfairly restrict the activities of local agricultural operations and would not necessarily guarantee the desired outcomes for nearby residents when it comes to noise, odour, and dust".
"It makes far more sense to adopt an 'outcomes- based' approach to 'separation distances' that considers development proposals on a case-by-case basis, taking into account topography, location, technology and scale," he said.
"This allows for separation distances to be considered as a successful tool, but not a one-size-fits-all solution to managing the residential/rural interface in regional communities."
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