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26 May 15
Queensland Government announces continuing planning reform strategy

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WHO SHOULD READ THIS

  • Those involved in development and planning industries in Queensland, including local government and state government agencies.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • A new bill is planned to be introduced to Parliament by October 2015, with legislation intended to commence in late 2016.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

  • Stay tuned, and if you are interested, join in the stakeholder engagement process in June and July 2015.

On 25 May 2015 the Queensland Government ended months of speculation, announcing their objectives for continuing planning reform across the State.  Importantly, reform includes introducing a suite of new legislation into Parliament by October 2015.

Background
In 2014 the then LNP government tabled three bills intended to repeal and replace the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (Qld), including the Planning and Development Bill and the Planning and Environment Court Bill.

With a change of government these bills have since lapsed, however planning reform has remained a key issue on the agenda and the Labor Government announcement reflects a broader industry sentiment that the current regime requires an overhaul.  We expect that the new suite of legislation will be based on the general principles of the 2014 bills, including replacing the current development assessment processes.

In conjunction with the announcement Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Jackie Trad MP, released a directions paper titled 'Better Planning for Queensland‘.

The new bill will be based on the following principles:

  • enabling responsible development
  • stimulating economic growth and innovation
  • ensuring genuine public participation in the planning process, and
  • delivering clear and concise legislation that supports effective and sufficient planning and developing assessment.

The Government has stated its intention to consult and engage with stakeholders and the broader community as the legislation is developed.  This will include workshops with communities, industry and local government commencing in June with a ‘Planning Summit’ to follow in July 2015.
 

Focus covers legal and technical issues in a general way. It is not designed to express opinions on specific cases. Focus is intended for information purposes only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Further advice should be obtained before taking action on any issue dealt with in this publication.

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