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Current Planning Schemes
A Planning Scheme, commonly referred to as the ‘Town Plan’ is a regulatory document that guides and determines changes to the way land, buildings and structures are used within the Local Government Area to which the Planning Scheme Applies. In the instance of the Charters Towers Regional Council Area, two Planning Schemes are currently in effect being:
Both Planning Schemes categorise land into zones and with specific assessment levels for Reconfiguration of a Lot, Material Change of Use, Building Works Assessable and Operational Works. Dependent upon the type and nature of your development, differing codes and policies of the Planning Scheme will apply. For more information on preparing and lodging your Development Application, the following is provided:
- Reconfiguration of a Lot – Information Sheet
- Material Change of Use – Information Sheet
- Building Works Assessable– Information Sheet
- Operational Works – Information Sheet
Regulated Infrastructure Charges
Statutory Policy S0039 - Adopted Infrastructure Charges (former Charters Towers City planning area) was adopted at the General Meeting of Council held 10 August 2011 with a focus on encouraging economic development by setting charges below the State maximum charge allowable. The Infrastructure Charges Resolution only applies to development within the former Charters Towers City Local Government Area and to development for Reconfiguring a Lot, Material Change of Use of Premises and carrying out of Building Work.
New Regional Planning Scheme and Infrastructure Plan
In early 2018 Council, by resolution, decided to begin preparing the new Charters Towers Regional Planning Scheme and Local Government Infrastructure Plan. The Planning Scheme and Infrastructure Plan will:
- Be aligned with the requirements of the Planning Act 2016 and Planning Regulation 2017;
- Reflect Local, Regional and State Interests;
- Result in a single regulatory document for development across the Region;
- Reduce unnecessary red tape and foster more efficient development outcomes;
- Allow for a greater diversity of land uses across the region aligning with Council’s Corporate Plan 2018-2023 which focuses on economic development; and
- Ensure existing and future infrastructure delivered in a sustainable manner for the community.
As part of the drafting of these documents, public notification will be a requirement whereby submissions will be invited from the community. To ensure that you have your say, stay tuned for further information as it is published.
Development Decisions and Exemption Certificates
The delivery of timely sustainable development outcomes is at the forefront of the Council’s Planning and Development Department. If you are interested in viewing one the most recent planning approvals for the Region, see below:
Council's Planning and Development Department is available to provide more information in relation of any of the above - please contact them on (07) 4761 5300.