JUST IN – NEW LOGAN CITY COUNCIL PLANNING PROPOSAL FOR OPEN FIELD FARMING

NEW PROPOSAL FOR OPEN FIELD FARMING

LACA sent us this last week.  Our responses are below.
“Dear SLAG members, neighbours, Greenbank residents:
 
A new LCC planning proposal to be read carefully and comment if you wish
 

http://www.logan.qld.gov.au/planning-and-building/planning/current-planning-schemes/beaudesert-planning-schemes/proposed-amendments

PROPOSED PLANNING SCHEME AMENDMENT

Amendment Package No 1C – Beaudesert

Shire Planning Scheme 2007

Notice is given under the repealed Integrated Planning Act 1997 (Section 9 Schedule 1) that Council proposes to

amend the Beaudesert Shire Planning Scheme 2007 as administered by Logan City Council.

The purpose and general effect of the proposed amendment is to:

(a) Facilitate and manage the establishment of open field market gardens (Agriculture) on lots greater than 8,000m2

 in the Park Living and Rural Residential Precincts in the Mount Lindesay Corridor Zone, by changing the assessment level from “exempt” to “code assessable”;

(b) Introduce a Use Code for “Agriculture”

A copy of the proposed Planning Scheme amendments can be inspected and is available for purchase at Logan City Council Customer Service Centres at Logan Central,Jimboomba and Beenleigh or can be downloaded from Council’s web site at www.logan.qld.gov.au.

The proposed planning scheme amendment will be on display from 26 June 2013 to 9 August 2013.

Written submissions can be made to Council about any aspect of the amendment until close of business on 9 August 2013.

Submissions must:

• be in writing and signed by each person making the submission;

• be received on or before close of business 9 August 2013;

• state the name and address of each person making the submission;

• state the grounds of the submission and facts and circumstances relied on in support of the submission;and

• be made to Logan City Council

(PO Box 3226 Logan City DC 4114)

For information or questions about the proposed planning scheme amendment, please contact Neil Simson on (07) 3412 3412 or

neilsimson@logan.qld.gov.au

Cheers

Kathy Faldt
Vice President Logan and Albert Conservation Association

The following is The Mozzie’s statement in reaction to Logan City Council’s Amendment Instrument 1C.

 

After studying the proposed amendment we have the following observations:

 

1)    The most fundamental egregious problems faced by residents living adjacent to farms in this area have not been addressed. Existing farms – which are already in contravention of the new proposed amendments will not be affected at all. So all the problems aired by residents for the past 8 years – up to this point – will continue to be ignored!

2)    Stubborn refusal by LCC to adopt guidelines governing buffer areas as developed by Growcom, other farming bodies, agricultural scientists, and State Government representatives (SP/1-92) ensures that residents and their pets and farm animals will continue to suffer adverse health effects and have no recourse for redress.

3)    The most serious health effects suffered by issues of “spray drift” are simply swept under the rug again. Witness Table 5.2.4 SO5:  Their “outcome” is supposedly :  ’Development is designed and carried out to ensure chemical spray drift does not reach adjoining premises’.  And their ‘solution’ to this adverse health issue:  ‘No solution prescribed’. Thanks LCC. Ignore the most dangerous elephant in the room and concentrate on fine calculations of decibel levels for tractors and machinery.

4)    This entire document is a half-baked attempt to be seen to be doing something in the face of ongoing criticism. It muddies the waters, avoids the most serious issues, refuses to develop proper buffer areas, hedges it bets on destroying local catchment areas, and is utterly useless in actually reining in the worst offenders. Indeed, it barely legislates for the ‘future’ offenders! More weasel words under the guise of a ‘public comment’ process.

The residents of Greenbank are wondering if we will ever be properly represented in Council; clearly 58 submissions over the last farm DA has had little impact.

 

Kim Downs & Liz Hall-Downs, Greenbank

 And from another resident:

Comments in regards reactions from residents who will be affected by the proposed AMENDMENT PACKAGE NO 1C – BEAUDESERT SHIRE

PLANNING SCHEME 2007, OPEN FIELD MARKET GARDENS, released for public submissions before final release.

 

  1. Residents are pleased to see Council’s efforts to provide more certainty for existing and future residents, and for those who may wish to carry out agricultural activities.
  2. A definition of Agriculture corrects one stand-out deficiency in the existing planning document.
  3. The Prescribed Solutions against Specific Outcomes in Table 5.2.4 should be expanded to include many more of the guidelines produced by State Government regarding the separation of agricultural activities from residential activities. Specific solutions for the protection of residents from spray drift, chemical contamination of living spaces, chemical contamination of local waterways, noise, and degradation of local amenity, would prevent or remove the basis for most of current conflicts seen in the local community between residents and local agricultural activities.
  4. The assessment level should be at an “impact” level (not just “code assessable) so that any proposed development needs an application AND an opportunity for public notification so that the public may make submissions to assist Planning Staff in their decisions. Transparency and public involvement would likely minimise the conflict that may occur if inappropriate development was approved.

Brenden Ward

WE WILL POST SOME SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO MAKE ONE TO COUNCIL ABIOUT THIS DOCUMENT.
 A COORDINATED EFFORT IS NEEDED FROM ALL OF US NOW TO FINALLY PROPERLY ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS WE’VE BEEN DRAWING ATTENTION TO FOR SO LONG AND PUT THIS ISSUE OF BUFFER ZONES AND FARMING IMPACTS ON RESIDENTS TO BED.
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