Each step relies on the previous step being approved. If this does not occur, the process ends at that point.
1. Submit Proposal to Initiate a Code Amendment to the Minister for Planning
Council submitted the proposal to the Minister for Planning in October 2021 and the Minister approved the Proposal to Initiate the Code Amendment in January 2022, The process could take one to two years to complete.
2. Investigations and draft Code Amendment (Council endorsement required)
Council is overseeing the investigations and preparation of the draft Code Amendment. Investigations are focusing on the impacts and opportunities this significant proposal might have for our community, including - but not limited to - roads and traffic, the environment, storm-water, historical heritage, parks and reserves. Investigations are also looking at medical services, transport, schools, mining and our local economy.
The process is set out in the Planning, Design and Infrastructure Act 2016. A key aspect in this process will be inviting the community to have their say. The process in the Act is as follows:
- Pre-initiation investigations
- Proposal to Initiate Code Amendment submitted to the Minister
- Minister approves Proposal to Initiate Code Amendment
- Prepare draft Code Amendment and prepare community engagement plan
- Community engagement undertaken - register here to be part of community engagement
- Council considers Community Engagement Report and final Code Amendment
- Minister approves Code Amendment. Review by Environment, Resource Development (ERD) Committee.