The new Planning and Development Bill 2014 was released
on Friday 1 August, by the Queensland Government.
What you need to know:
A new planning act is coming – Planning and
Development Act 2014 (PDA)
PDA will be one act in a series of other new statutory
instruments resulting from Queensland's planning reform
Full consultation draft Bill open for comment until 26th
Unlikely to be given effect before March 2015.
New purpose - To facilitate Queensland's
prosperity, including by balancing economic growth, environmental
protection and community wellbeing. The purpose is to be achieved
by providing for an efficient, effective, transparent, integrated
and accountable system for planning and development
Process not detailed in the Act thereby making it simpler for
amendments to be made and schemes updated.
Standard planning scheme provisions removed – no more
Divided into 6 parts:
State planning instruments;
Local planning instruments;
Superseded planning schemes;
Planning changes that adversely affect land values; and
Designation of land for development of infrastructure.
Development Assessment -
New categories of development:
Assessable – Standard (previously code)
Merit (a hybrid of code and impact with public notification
Merit Notifiable (previously impact)
Decision rules not in the act.
De-coupling of public notification requirements.
Ability to elect not to receive an information request.
Applicant driven process not assessment manager led.
Changes to owner's consent requirements.
Changes to amending approvals.
Dispute Resolution -
New act, "Planning and Environment Court Act
Increase power of ADR Registrar to hear and determine
Possibly the first step in a "one house" approach to
rolling in Land Court, Building Tribunal and Planning and
Greater emphasis on ADR and alternate avenues for appeals and
The Council announced planning policies to encourage more inner suburban retirement village and aged care development.
Some comments from our readers… “The articles are extremely timely and highly applicable” “I often find critical information not available elsewhere” “As in-house counsel, Mondaq’s service is of great value”
Register for Access and our Free Biweekly Alert for
This service is completely free. Access 250,000 archived articles from 100+ countries and get a personalised email twice a week covering developments (and yes, our lawyers like to think you’ve read our Disclaimer).