DRAFT NO MORE - PLAN ENDORSED
Logan City Council on 4 December 2012, endorsed the Bahrs Scrub Local Development Area Plan for the purpose of informing the draft Logan Planning Scheme. According to council, submissions from community resulted in some changes. However, any requests for reconsideration for no urban development in the area were accepted. The endorsed plan can be viewed here
Council has provided us with an analysis of key issues, responses and recommendations.
It is worth noting that although land owners do not need to develop their property unless they wish to not all choose to stay and many move on. This is a challenging conflict of personal values as the usual trend is for people to leave to 'go west' to find an area that has those landscape values lost with urban development intrusion.
A major concern for all conservation groups centres around reduction of threats for wildlife and allowing safe movement for wildlife. There is a recommendation that the plan be amended to provide for fauna friendly fencing in environmental areas, and fauna friendly road crossings in accordance with "Fauna Sensitive Road Design Manual - Part 2: Preferred Practice" prepared by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads. Further, measures may be proposed to regulate the ownership of domestic animals in relevant environmental areas.
There are few concessions to community and actual compliance of standards and design is not always adhered to. Local community will need to be aware of standards and watchful.
Since koalas have been added to endangered species list, major landholder and developer Stocklands has submitted their plans to federal government for EPBC referral check. Community comment closes 29 January 2013.