Only one vote against council's new planning scheme

THE Fraser Coast Regional Council has adopted its new planning scheme and the Mayor promises zoning issues that plagued its draft are corrected.

The new scheme was given a tick of approval by way of a 10-1 vote at Wednesday's ordinary meeting. Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor George Seymour was the sole opposing hand.

Upon the draft's release early last year the council was criticised for an apparent oversight when it proposed rezoning a large number of commercial properties as residential.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell promised then that the scheme would not be adopted unless free of those errors - something he was confident has happened.

"They have been (corrected). It's been addressed and we took the opportunity of talking to those who were very interested," Cr O'Connell told the Chronicle.

The Mayor said the scheme meant the region had now completely become one.

"This really is the last of the puzzle that brings this region together," he said.

"So we've gone from four planning schemes and 19 planning policies to one planning scheme that galvanises this region and sets it up for the future."

Clarifying his position on the scheme, Cr Seymour said: "I liked the node system under the previous scheme which allowed large buildings in the Torquay, Scarness, Pialba and Urangan centres but not in between these nodes.

"I don't agree with allowing six to eight storey buildings all along the length of the Esplanade between Beach Rd and the Urangan Pier.

"Also, I am not supportive of taking away the right of members of the community to have a say in what happens in their neighbourhoods."