Noosa Shire Council
This project showcases Noosa Council’s vision and investment in building a new planning scheme that embodies the values of the community, and in particular community pride in place character and design.
The process and application demonstrates how a smaller Council (with a smaller budget) can display leadership in preparing a planning scheme that drives high-quality landscape and built form design outcomes.
The project is noteworthy for the range of scales investigated and analyses from a macro level of the 870km² region to a micro-level at street level and distilled into a manageable form useful to develop a planning scheme.
Throughout the process, consultation was undertaken with various stakeholders through workshops, meetings and case studies. The evaluation of the project and discussion with the Council informed recommendations for the New Noosa Plan and implementation in each locality.
These recommendations include guiding principles and concise and highly localised advice for interventions. Framework plans, photos, diagrams, text and 3D visualisations were all used throughout the report to coherently communicate the advice and illustrate the analysis of how the ideas might be realised and how best to communicate to the community.
It unpacks and interprets what is affectionately referred to as ‘the Noosa Style’ and provides recommendations that ensures the Noosa Shire continues to produce high-quality places that represents the region’s landscape and built form characteristics.
This work has been embedded in the new scheme in the hope that each ‘village’ can continue to represent the landscape and built form characteristics of the region, and each local community, over time.
It also ensures localities around Noosa continue to be high-quality places for people to enjoy, embodying their lifestyle aspirations, values and meeting their daily needs.
In February 2020, the New Noosa Plan 2020 received Ministerial approval and will be put before the new council.