TRC removes red tape to aid housing supply

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) today (August 16) endorsed seeking Ministerial approval to remove regulations to aid new housing supply.

TRC Planning and Development Committee chair Cr Megan O’Hara Sullivan said this was part of four measures Council would use to simplify and speed up the approval process for new housing across the Region.

Cr O’Hara Sullivan said the simpler process would streamline development mostly in emerging areas in Cotswold Hills, Torrington, Glenvale and Drayton. Around 430 hectares of land or 3700 lots (mostly 700m², in keeping with sizes agreed to by the development industry) will be available for new dwellings.

“This move will create a simpler, shorter and lower-risk process for the development of land with access to existing or planned infrastructure,” Cr O’Hara Sullivan said.

“It also creates more options for the management of stormwater for medium density development on sites that slope away from the street, making them more feasible for redevelopment.

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