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 theSustainable 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.