Queensland Planning Provisions
The Queensland Planning Provisions (QPP) are the standard planning scheme provisions made under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) that provide a consistent format and structure for local government planning schemes across Queensland.
A robust, yet flexible planning instrument, the QPP allows for the diversity of planning issues within Queensland's local government areas and responds to new issues. The QPP also makes preparing new planning schemes more efficient and cost-effective for councils.
The Draft QPP version 3.0 ( 3.58 MB) has been developed as part of Qplan's continuous improvement process. For ease of review, the document includes track changes to clearly show the changes between the QPP version 2.0 ( 1.3 MB) and draft version 3.0.
To address industry requirements and make improvements on previous versions, consultation was undertaken to provide all stakeholders with the opportunity to inform the development of the QPP. A submission review report will be released with the final QPP version 3.0 in 2012. The submission review report will summarise all submissions received and detail all subsequent changes made in response to the consultation.
The state government is leading the way with a focused approach to managing growth, minimising its impacts, and maximising the benefits for Queenslanders. The QPP is delivering a more streamlined planning system and providing sustainable development outcomes for communities throughout Queensland.
To assist with the identification of the proposed changes, the department has released a summary of changes ( 234 KB) document.
In August 2007 the Queensland Government released its planning and development reform implementation plan Planning for a Prosperous Queensland: A reform agenda for planning and development in the Smart State. The plan identified 80 reform actions, including actions 27 and 28 to create standard planning scheme provisions. These action items were in response to stakeholder requests for simpler, more consistent planning schemes across the state.
The SPA came into effect on 18 December 2009. Section 54 of the SPA, allows for the Minister to make standard planning scheme provisions, which are called the QPP.
The purpose of the QPP is to provide a clear and consistent framework:
- for planning schemes in Queensland
- to assist in the implementation of state, regional and local policies affecting land use and development
- for the integration of state, regional, local and community expectations in relation to planning scheme areas.
To guide local governments preparing new planning schemes, the QPP version 1.0 became available on the commencement of the SPA on the 18 December 2009.
The Draft QPP version 2.0 was released for public consultation from the 9 July 2010 to 12 August 2010. This document included draft amendments that were developed through a collaborative review and improvement process involving three review groups established by the department - the Local Government Review Group, the State Agency Officers Review Group and the department's Internal Review Group.
These three review groups have once again been heavily engaged in the proposed amendments for draft version 3.0. It is proposed that for any amendments to the QPP each of these review groups will be actively engaged and consulted.
The Draft QPP version 3.0 ( 3.58 MB) was released for public consultation from the 28 October 2011 to 25 November 2011. All submissions received will be considered in finalising the QPP.