Queensland's New Planning System - Commenced 03 July 2017

In Queensland, state wide legislation establishes the framework and overarching policy for land use planning. With effect from 03 July 2017, the new Planning Act 2016 (Planning Act) establishes a new planning system for the state and replaces the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.

The new legislation provides the foundation for Australia's best planning system and puts Queensland at the forefront of contemporary planning practice and prepares the way for a renewed focus on quality planning and development outcomes.

Council’s existing planning schemes are proposed to be amended (alignment amendment) to replace terminology or language from the soon to be repealed Sustainable Planning Act 2009 with terminology consistent with the new Planning Act. The changes will be administrative only with no changes to policy or zoning. The preparation of an alignment amendment will assist Council and the community transition to the new Planning Act.

For more information on Queensland’s new planning system please visit http://www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/planning-reform.html or contact Council’s Planning Services section.



North Queensland Regional Plan

The first North Queensland Regional Plan is currently being prepared by the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.

The regional plan will set the vision for North Queensland and develop a blueprint for the region's future. The region includes five local government areas:

  • Burdekin
  • Charters Towers
  • Hinchinbrook
  • Palm Island
  • Townsville.

For more information click here.