Last year the Queensland State government introduced a new Planning Act which will come in force on 3 July this year. As part of these changes, subordinate statutory documents are also being updated and some are currently out for public consultation:
- The Planning Regulations which elaborate on the workings of some aspects of the Act
- the State Planning Policy (SPP) which outlines the State’s policies and guidelines for local governments to incorporate into their planning schemes
- the State Development and Assessment Provisions (SDAP) which provide the assessment criteria that State government departments will apply when assessing development applications which impact matters of State interest (described in the SPP)
- the South East Queensland Regional Plan (SEQRP) which sets out a 50-year vision for the region and the State government’s strategies and actions for enact that vision
These are important documents which set out the government’s way forward for on climate change, vegetation management, and affordable housing amongst other issues.
Submissions can be made online, via email or via post. It’s easy, so have a read and make a submission.
The closing date for submissions on the Planning Regulations, SPP and SDAP is 10 February – next Friday! Visit http://www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/planning/state-planning-instruments/state-planning-policy.html for details.
The closing date for the SEQRP is midnight on 3 March. You can find more information at https://www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/planning/regional-planning/south-east-queensland-regional-plan.html.
Various organisations also run seminars on the planning changes. Of relevance for an environmental perspective is the Environmental Defender’s Office free seminar coming up on 16 February (http://www.edoqld.org.au/news/draft-seq-regional-plan-released-have-your-say-by-3-march-2017/).