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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 has established a new approach to state planning policies that simplifies and clarifies state interests. This new approach means that a single state planning policy has been developed to replace the multiple policies previously in existence.

The State Planning Policy defines the Queensland Government’s policies about matters of state interest in land use planning and development. The State Planning Policy (SPP) is a key component of Queensland’s land use planning system, which enables development, protects our natural environment and allows communities to grow and prosper.

The introduction of the SPP allows the state government to speak with a single voice and provides more clarity to local governments about how to make and amend local planning instruments and assess development applications, and also assist developers preparing development applications. 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.

Last updated on Sunday, 01 December 2013