State planning policies
State planning policies are planning instruments that the planning minister (or any minister in conjunction with the planning minister) can make to protect things that are of interest to the state. When a local council is developing its local planning scheme, it must ensure that the planning scheme reflects the elements outlined in a state planning policy. If there is a discrepancy between a local planning scheme and a state planning policy, then what is outlined in the state planning policy overrides the planning scheme.
State planning policy
The Queensland Government is committed to establishing a new approach to state planning policies that simplifies and clarifies the state's interests.
This new approach means that a single state planning policy is being developed to replace the various current state planning policies.
The draft State Planning Policy (draft SPP) sets out policies about matters of state interest in relation to planning and development, and is a key framework of the government's broader commitment to planning reform.
The draft SPP nominates the state's interests in planning and development and how these are to be dealt with in planning instruments, council development assessment processes and in designating land for community infrastructure.
By expressing the state's interests in a comprehensive manner it will be easier for local government to reflect and balance state interests 'up front' in local planning schemes, ensuring the approval of the right development in the right location without undue delays.