New local government Sustainable Planning Act planning schemes
The Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) requires that local governments review their planning scheme every 10 years, to ensure that they respond appropriately to changes at a local, regional and state level. Planning schemes must be updated to reflect the Queensland Planning Provisions (QPP) when their scheduled review becomes due.
The QPP is a state planning instrument under SPA that provides a consistent form for the preparation of planning schemes across Queensland through a standardised structure and format, land use and administrative definitions, zones, overlays, infrastructure planning provisions, assessment codes and other administrative matters. The QPP makes provision for local governments to incorporate local content and variation to reflect the context of the local government area.
Creating a Sustainable Planning Act planning scheme
The Statutory Guideline 02/12 - Making and amending local planning instruments ( 377 KB) is a procedural and best practice guideline for making or amending a planning scheme, planning scheme policy, and making a temporary local planning instrument under SPA.
Statutory Guideline 02/12 sets out the minimum requirements for local governments to follow when creating or amending a local planning instrument. A local government may use additional processes beyond the guideline's mandatory requirements to develop their local planning instruments, provided the additional processes do not conflict with this guideline.
Figure 1 below summarises the process for making a planning scheme. More information about this process is available in Statutory Guideline 02/12.
Status of new Sustainable Planning Act planning schemes
We are continually monitoring the status of planning scheme preparation by the 73 local governments across the state. As of April 2013:
- 46 local governments declared the intention to prepare new planning schemes under SPA.
- 5 local governments announced prior to the commencement of SPA that they intended to prepare a new planning scheme under the repealed Integrated Planning Act 1997 (IPA).
- the remaining 22 local government have not yet indicated when they intend to prepare a new planning scheme.
On 1 July 2012, the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme came into effect under SPA. On 14 August 2012, the Southern Downs Planning Scheme became the second planning scheme under SPA to come into effect.
The department has prepared a schedule of the status of new SPA planning schemes ( 52 KB). This schedule is a live document and is updated regularly.