Submissions on the Bills can be made to the Committee
until Monday, 18 January 2016.
The Queensland Government's planning reform bills were
tabled in Parliament on 12 November 2015. There are three bills
which together would repeal and replace the current Sustainable
Planning Act 2009 (SPA) being the:
Planning Bill 2015;
Planning and Environment Court Bill 2015; and
Planning (Consequential) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill
The Bills have been referred to the Infrastructure, Planning and
Natural Resources Committee to report to the House by 21 March
2016. Submissions on the Bills can be made to the Committee until
Monday, 18 January 2016.
In addition to the Bills, the State has also released a number
of draft statutory instruments for public consultation until 5
February 2016. The draft instruments that have been released are
The Bills represent the most drastic overhaul of
Queensland's planning laws since the introduction of the
Integrated Planning Act 1997 and are the culmination of the
planning reform process that has now been ongoing for a number of
The Bills introduce changed terminology for many of the planning
concepts that would be retained, and deregulates and streamlines a
number of processes that exist under SPA. There are a number of
matters under SPA that would be discontinued under the Bills,
State planning regulatory provisions and standard planning
scheme provisions (although elements will be continued through
other instruments, including the Regulations);
the EIS process; and
For local government, these changes would mean
new assessment and approval processes, new planning instruments,
and some new compliance obligations. The Government has stated it
will offer local governments assistance to examine their planning
schemes and to transition them prior to commencement of the
For developers, the key issues will be the
whole of the assessment process, and the transitional arrangements
for any applications or appeals under way at commencement.
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