Landholders contest council's coastal plan changes

A GROUP of property owners from 1770 and Agnes Water will meet with Gladstone Regional Council on Monday to request changes to the new draft planning scheme.

The scheme allows for a 0.8m sea level rise by 2100 and creates new boundaries within the "coastal hazard zone".

That zone refers to land under tidal waters, erosion prone areas, or at risk from storm tides or permanent sea level rises.

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The most impacted areas in the Gladstone region are Agnes Water and 1770 where, if approved, the "coastal hazard zone" will now cover whole allotments.

Property already approved for residential development inside the area will likely need a new development application approved before anything can be built.

Agnes Water PRD real estate agent Gordon Christian said the group would be asking the council to re-map three areas: The Rocky Point and Springs Beach area, Agnes Water beach zone and the 1770 Foreshore zone.

The new planning scheme is still with the State Government for approval but is due to take effect from July 1, although the Observer understands that date has been pushed back.

In a statement Gladstone Regional Council admitted the inclusion of the 0.8m sea level rise was not part of the current state government planning scheme policy.

But Mayor Gail Sellers said the 0.8m sea level rise was part of the council's "responsibility when planning the region's future growth..."

Property owners from Agnes Water and 1770 have hired private consultants who say the council had not taken the actual topography into account when applying the 0.8m sea level rise.



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