New planning scheme can help people plan ahead

IF YOU'RE looking to buy a house or sell a block of land you've been hanging onto, changes to the Fraser Coast planning scheme could help you plan ahead for the best outcome.

The proposed adjustments will help buyers know before they purchase what a neighbourhood might one day become.

And taking over a business should be made easier too, with red tape slashed.

Those benefits were some offered by Urban Development Institute Association Fraser Coast branch president Ward Veitch on Tuesday when asked what the Fraser Coast Planning Scheme meant for Fraser Coast people.

He said it seemed in a lot of instances "the processes have been simplified" in the new plan.

"For example, if someone is going in and changing tenancy in a shop or an office, in most circumstances they won't require a planning application... whereas before, quite often it did trigger one," Mr Veitch said.

"So the processes associated with starting a new business could actually have been quite slow and tedious and costly."

The UDIA region president said the plan meant people can now buy knowing what types of developments might go up nearby.

He said people might also appreciate the fact that it is now easier to build two dwellings on the same lot.

"Duplexes are simpler because they're exempt. So it's only building issues within the planning scheme and the building code that need to be dealt with...," he said.

"The family home's not really affected by the planning scheme.

"I mean, we've got a situation where we've got a reduction in minimum lot size down (from 600sq m) to 500sq m in a low density zone so there may...be opportunities for people to increase the density of their site."

Mr Veitch said more densely populated spaces meant more people would have better access to services that would not be available in many outlying areas.