The new Draft Fraser Coast Planning Scheme (right) is half the size of the old combination of four schemes from Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Woocoo and Tiaro.
The new Draft Fraser Coast Planning Scheme (right) is half the size of the old combination of four schemes from Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Woocoo and Tiaro. Roderick Makim

Town planners will see if changes are viable and beneficial

THE council is expecting up to 400 submissions on the Draft Fraser Coast Planning Scheme.

Friday marked the completion of the draft process and the submissions are now being collected by town planners.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the council received a wide range of comments from across the region

He said the next stage of the process would be to see what changes to the draft would be made.

"Once all the submissions are entered, our town planners will examine all of the submissions and the suggested changes to see if they are indeed viable and beneficial," Cr O'Connell said.

"My fellow councillors and I will then attend a series of workshops with the planning department which will outline the suggested changes and exactly what they mean.

"There is obviously a lot to get through on a wide range of issues so it will take some time but the process has been very productive. It's great to see so many residents take an interest."

The scheme's controversial aspects include commercial to residential zone changes in Maryborough and high-rise changes in Hervey Bay.