Why declare an SDA at Bundaberg?
An SDA can increase the economic development opportunities of the area and provide long term economic benefits to the region. SDAs have many benefits and they allow best practice land use planning and development assessment, as well as greater certainty for investors and proponents. SDAs can also assist in concentrating industrial development in well serviced areas and assist in minimising impacts on communities and the environment.
What development is expected to occur within the Bundaberg SDA?
Whilst future development in the SDA will be driven by market demand, the SDA is expected to accommodate regionally significant industry and infrastructure development, as well as port-related uses.
The next step in the SDA process is the preparation of a development scheme, which will outline development precincts and preferred uses within these precincts. The preparation of a development scheme will be subject to additional consultation with the community and stakeholders.
Does an SDA impact property ownership or tenure?
The declaration of an SDA does not change property ownership, tenure, easements or access arrangements. Whilst the Coordinator-General does own land in some other SDAs, there are currently no plans for the Coordinator-General to acquire land within the Bundaberg SDA.
Will the declaration of an SDA at Bundaberg alter the current planning and development assessment arrangements?
The declaration of an SDA does not in itself change the current planning or development assessment arrangements. Until a development scheme has been approved for the Bundaberg SDA, existing planning provisions (such as the Bundaberg Regional Council Planning Scheme) continue to apply. A development scheme will identify the areas and types of development which are regulated by the Coordinator-General within an SDA.
Does the declaration of an SDA impact existing development?
The declaration of an SDA does not impact existing uses or works which are being lawfully carried out within an SDA. These are protected under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971.
Will the declaration of an SDA at Bundaberg impact property prices?
The sale price of a property is subject to a range of factors, including the property’s location, constraints, planning controls, as well as external factors which affect the entire property market.
How will environmental areas within the SDA boundary be managed?
Environmental values within the proposed SDA, as well as potential external impacts including on nearby turtle hatcheries were a key component of the SDA investigation. No development is proposed in sensitive environmental areas.
The next step in the process, the preparation of a development scheme, will allow the Coordinator-General to set standards for future development to consider and protect sensitive environmental areas. Furthermore, any future development activities potentially impacting on environmentally sensitive areas will need to comply with strict environmental laws.
Has the impact of flood inundation been considered?
Flooding issues have been carefully considered as part of the technical analysis. This included detailed flood modelling.
Given a significant part of the western side of the proposed SDA is affected by inundation during a large flood event, the need to carefully manage land use in this area is critical to the safety and amenity of areas throughout the Burnett River floodplain. Inundation on the eastern side of the river, by comparison, is less likely and localised in nature.
The development scheme will include provisions to ensure the impacts of flood inundation are appropriately considered in the assessment of future development applications.
Will the amenity of the area change?
The declaration of an SDA does not authorise development to occur or change existing land uses. The next step in the process, the preparation of a development scheme for the Bundaberg SDA, will allow the Coordinator-General to plan where development might occur in the future. The community will be involved in the preparation of the development scheme through formal consultation. Furthermore, any large scale proposal within a declared SDA is likely to be required to undertake public consultation as part of the development application process.
Why was the proposed SDA boundary chosen?
The proposed SDA boundary encompasses a number of land holdings which will be suitable for a range of possible future land uses within the SDA, including land suitable for industrial development; port related industries; environmental areas; and buffer areas. It is necessary to include this range of possible future land uses to ensure the SDA is able to provide for strategic industrial land uses. A key consideration for the proposed SDA boundary was protecting the amenity of longstanding residential areas, whilst also managing future urban encroachment issues.
Can the boundary of a declared SDA be altered in the future?
The boundary of a declared SDA can be varied to include or remove land. The process for varying the boundary of an SDA is similar to the process for the declaration of an SDA. The decision to vary an SDA is made by the Governor in Council and is informed by a recommendation from the Coordinator-General.
What is a development scheme?
A development scheme is a planning instrument used by the Coordinator-General to assess and decide SDA applications for development within an SDA. SDA development schemes function in a similar manner to a local government planning scheme, by outlining the types of development which are regulated and the criteria which development is assessed against.
Until such time as a development scheme is approved, the current development assessment provisions continue to apply. This means that for planning approvals, the assessment manager is likely to be Bundaberg Regional Council or Gladstone Ports Corporation Limited.
Further information on development schemes and SDA applications and requests is available.
When will a development scheme be in place?
The State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 requires a development scheme to be prepared as soon as practical after the declaration of an SDA. Following the declaration of the proposed Bundaberg SDA, the Coordinator-General will commenced the preparation of a development scheme.
Will there be consultation on the development scheme?
The preparation of a development scheme will involve consultation with a range of stakeholders, including a period of formal public consultation.