THE Draft Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme went on public display today and will remain open until December 14.
With the Sunshine Coast being one of the most desirable places to live in the world, the council has identified managing growth as one of the biggest challenges of the immediate future.
The new planning scheme aims to help the region to support growth, while remaining a great place to live, work and enjoy.
A council statement said the draft scheme provided a more consistent approach to growth management and the regulation of development across the region. It will help the Sunshine Coast region as we strive to achieve a more sustainable economy, lifestyle and environment.
"The draft planning scheme will help develop the region's economy by encouraging investment that generates jobs and careers.
"By identifying a network of centres and enterprise areas throughout the region, the plan encourages employment in industries such as health, retail, tourism, aviation, education and manufacturing and agriculture.
"Key locations include Maroochydore Principal Regional Activity Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Sunshine Coast Airport and the Sunshine Coast Industry Park."
Rural enterprises are also recognised as providing employment and job opportunities. The draft planning scheme supports activities including rural food production and processing and provides opportunities for innovative business in rural areas.
"Our enviable lifestyle will be sustained as the draft planning scheme will help manage growth to ensure that we retain our unique communities and lifestyle," the statement continues.
"It will create innovative economic opportunities and cater for growth within new master planned areas, such as Maroochydore and Palmview.
"This is a plan for the entire Sunshine Coast. When completed it is intended the new planning scheme will be a reflection of the community's needs and wants for the future."
Council encourages everyone to review the scheme and provide feedback. See it at a local information display in council offices and libraries or visit council's website.