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Following the election in March last year, the Queensland
Government adopted the Temporary State Planning Policy 1/12
– Planning for Prosperity (Temporary
SPP). The Temporary SPP embodied the State's intent to
reform Queensland's planning system to facilitate economic
growth in the agriculture, construction, mining and tourism
sectors, which have been identified by the State Government as the
"four pillars of the economy".
Other post election commitments of the Queensland Government
included the return of planning and assessment powers to local
governments, and the development of a single State Planning Policy
embodying all of the State's interests to enable local
governments to more easily reflect and balance these interests in
its own planning instruments and assessments.
The Queensland Government has now released a Draft Single State
Planning Policy (Draft SPP) to take the place of
the 14 separate SPP's previously developed by the State. The
Draft SPP groups 18 State interests, under 5 categories:
housing and liveable communities;
environment and heritage;
hazards and safety; and
transport and infrastructure.
The Draft SPP sets out and prescribes:
State interests and related policies that local governments
must take into account in preparing and amending planning schemes
and other local planning instruments, and the State may consider in
preparing and amending Regional Plans;
where a development application is assessed under a local
government planning scheme or State Government regional plan that
does not reflect the new Single State Planning Policy (once
adopted), the Draft SPP prescribes requirements that must apply to
certain applications. For example, where a reconfiguration or
material change of use application is made in relation to land that
has been designated a "Key Resource Area" by the State,
the Draft SPP prescribes criteria against which the application
must be assessed; and
the matters that must be considered by a Minister before
designating land for community infrastructure.
Submissions on the Draft SPP can be made until 12 June 2013 to
the Planning Minister, being the Deputy Premier and Minister for
State Development, Infrastructure and Planning.
We recommend that you take the time to make comment on the Draft
SPP prior to 12 June 2013, if the prescriptive criteria that is to
be applied to the assessment of certain types of development or
State land designations, are likely to impact on your property or
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