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Local government planning schemes describe a council's plan for the future direction of a particular local government area and can span 20 years or more.

Planning schemes provide a detailed direction for the area focusing on community planning and aspirations, whilst ensuring the needs of the state and the regional community are incorporated. Planning schemes:

  • identify the strategic outcomes for the area
  • include measures that facilitate achieving the strategic outcomes
  • coordinate and integrate community, state and regional needs and wants
  • include a priority infrastructure plan (PIP)
  • include a structure plan for any master planned areas within the government council area.

Local planning integrates and balances economic, social and environmental needs and aspirations of the local community to provide an orderly approach to land use and change. They focus on land use, development, infrastructure and valuable features of the area.

The Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) replaces the Integrated Planning Act 1997. The SPA seeks to shift the focus from the planning process to delivering sustainable planning outcomes. It introduces some changes to the plan making process, such as:

  • preparation of a strategic land-use plan
  • increased emphasis on community engagement - to ensure all of the community's needs are reflected in the final plan
  • greater flexibility - to cater for unexpected changes
  • new streamlined ways for local governments to amend their planning scheme to reflect these changed circumstances.

New planning schemes will also be accessible electronically, enabling internet based access to information. This will help improve community access to planning schemes and related documents.

Planning schemes developed under the Integrated Planning Act 1997 remain valid under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. Planning schemes must be updated to reflect the new Queensland Planning Provisions (QPP) when their review is due. The QPP provides a consistent format and structure for new local government planning schemes being prepared under SPA.

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Note: plans marked with a star (*) are not available online - contact the local council to request a copy.

Council Local planning schemes
Aurukun Shire Council Aurukun Planning Scheme
Balonne Shire Council Balonne Planning Scheme
Banana Shire Council
Barcaldine Regional Council
Barcoo Shire Council Barcoo Planning Scheme
Blackall-Tambo Regional Council
Boulia Shire Council Boulia Planning Scheme
Brisbane City Council Brisbane Planning Scheme
Bulloo Shire Council Bulloo Planning Scheme
Bundaberg Regional Council
Burdekin Shire Council Burdekin Planning Scheme
Burke Shire Council Burke Planning Scheme
Cairns Regional Council
Carpentaria Shire Council Carpentaria Planning Scheme
Cassowary Coast Regional Council
Central Highlands Regional Council
Charters Towers Regional Council
Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council Cherbourg Planning Scheme
Cloncurry Shire Council Cloncurry Planning Scheme
Cook Shire Council Cook Planning Scheme
Croydon Shire Council Croydon Planning Scheme
Diamantina Shire Council Diamantina Planning Scheme
Douglas Shire Council Douglas Planning Scheme
Etheridge Shire Council Etheridge Planning Scheme
Flinders Shire Council Flinders Planning Scheme
Fraser Coast Regional Council
Gladstone Regional Council
Gold Coast City Council Gold Coast Planning Scheme
Goondiwindi Regional Council
Gympie Regional Council Gympie Planning Scheme
Hinchinbrook Shire Council Hinchinbrook Planning Scheme
Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council Hope Vale Planning Scheme
Ipswich City Council Ipswich Planning Scheme
Isaac Regional Council
Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council Kowanyama Planning Scheme
Livingstone Shire Council Livingstone Planning Scheme
Lockyer Valley Regional Council
Logan City Council
Longreach Regional Council
Mackay Regional Council
Maranoa Regional Council
Mareeba Shire Council
McKinlay Shire Council McKinlay Planning Scheme
Moreton Bay Regional Council
Mornington Shire Council Mornington Planning Scheme
Mount Isa City Council Mount Isa Planning Scheme
Murweh Shire Council Murweh Planning Scheme
Noosa Shire Council Noosa Planning Scheme
North Burnett Regional Council
Paroo Shire Council Paroo Planning Scheme
Quilpie Shire Council Quilpie Planning Scheme
Redland City Council Redland Planning Scheme
Richmond Shire Council Richmond Planning Scheme
Rockhampton Regional Council
Scenic Rim Regional Council
Somerset Regional Council
South Burnett Regional Council
Southern Downs Regional Council Southern Downs Planning Scheme
Sunshine Coast Regional Council Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme
Tablelands Regional Council
Toowoomba Regional Council Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme
Torres Shire Council Torres Planning Scheme
Townsville City Council
Western Downs Regional Council
Whitsunday Regional Council
Winton Shire Council Winton Planning Scheme
Woorabinda Aboriginal Council Woorabinda Planning Scheme
Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council Wujal Wujal Planning Scheme