During May-June 2018, Council engaged with the Community to seek their ideas on the desired future of the township and environs of Penneshaw. Community engagement helped inform the preparation of a draft Structure Plan for the township, which was submitted to Council for consideration at its September 2018 meeting. Council endorsed the draft Structure Plan for the purpose of a 28 day consultation with the Community.
Although Council has discretion to undertake public consultation during an election period, it was considered prudent to delay the consultation until after the election period as guided by Clause 3.6 of the Council Caretaker Guidelines. Community consultation was therefore delayed and is due to commence on Thursday 24 January and conclude on Thursday 21 February.
Following Community consultation, Council will review the Structure Plan and determine if it wants to:
- proceed with the Plan
- amend the Plan
- cancel the Plan.
If Council supports a version of the Structure Plan it will refer it to the State Government for their information.
As it thinks fit, Council can then proceed to commence the process of updating its Development Plan in accordance with the requirements of the Development Act and implement other facets of the Structure Plan through its annual business planning priority processes.
What is a Structure Plan?
A Structure Plan provides an overarching planning framework for the management and coordination of future growth opportunities, changes within the spatial contexts and infrastructure requirements.
Most importantly, a Structure Plan enables Council and the Community to set a vision that it desires to achieve, not one that will simply happen by natural means.
A Structure Plan highlights the likely demand for development based on trends and population scenarios. It establishes a conceptual blueprint based on principles of good town planning.