17 Sep 2015

Reforming Queensland's planning laws takes next step with release of draft Bills

As we discussed last week, the Queensland Government has released consultation drafts of the draft Planning Bill and draft Planning and Environment Court Bill for public comment.

Under this proposal, the current Sustainable Planning Act 2009 would be repealed and replaced. The Planning and Environment Court would continue, but have its own separate legislation.

The terminology for many of planning concepts would change, and a number of processes deregulated.

Importantly, the draft Bills would remove:

  • State planning regulatory provisions and standard planning scheme provisions;
  • the EIS process; and
  • compliance assessment.

For local government, these changes would mean new assessment and approval processes, new planning instruments, and some new compliance obligations.

For developers, the key issues will be the whole of the assessment process, and the transitional arrangements for any applications under way.

You can get more information in our Planning and Development Bill Briefing Note (PDF 4MB).

Submissions are due by 6pm on 23 October 2015 and the draft Bills are expected to commence in late 2016.

If you'd like to understand the full impact of these proposals on your organisation, or would like help in preparing your submission, please contact us.


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