Last Updated: August 15, 2017

New planning framework: much more work to be done, for community rights and for the environment

New planning framework: much more work to be done, for community rights and for the environment

Queensland’s planning reforms have entered their second stage, with the release 10th September of an exposure draft of the proposed new framework. And there’s still a lot of work to be done! While some nuances of the current framework have been simplified, and Court costs rules partly restored to previous ‘own costs’ rules, the environment and community rights have not come out better and in many ways are actually worse off!

This is a crucial time to have your say!!! Don’t miss our free community forum on the new Queensland planning framework, Tuesday 29 September at South Bank. RSVP Now!

We have produced three tables analysing how the framework delivers on key areas of concern:

  1. Protecting nature
  2. Community participation in decision making
  3. Open, transparent, accountable planning framework

In summary, our key concerns are:

  • The principles of ‘ecological sustainable development’ are not adequately provided for or defined;
  • Climate change and the environment only get tokenistic mention;
  • Development assessment provisions are now provided in Rules which can be easily changed at the whim of any government;
  • More flexibility is given to local governments in deciding content of local planning instruments, leading to inconsistency between local government areas in planning approaches;
  • State Assessment Referral Agency is being maintained – meaning our State specialist departments only have ‘advice’ agency status and cannot require refusal, approval or conditions as they previously could;
  • Costs orders may be made against third parties who take enforcement action under the Act. This was not provided for in SPA prior to LNP changes and does not follow through on Labor’s pre-election commitment; and
  • No detail in the Act provided prescribing the types of documents that must be made accessible to the public – these are provided in the Regulation which is easier to change.

Submissions are due by 6pm on Friday 23 October.

Come to our LawJam to learn more! Tuesday 29 Sept, 6.00pm, Griffith University South Bank!

What can you do?

  1. Make sure you get your submission in on time with all the important points covered! Stay tuned for further updates and our template submission.
  1. Come to our free LawJam on 29 September to learn more and ask any questions you need.
  1. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions on this important topic:
  1. And make sure you go to the ‘meet the planner’ event near you, being held by the Queensland Government:


We have to ask – Why overhaul a planning framework if it is not going to be better than its predecessor? Particularly on essential components of planning – environmental protection and community engagement?

We have a fantastic opportunity here to create positive changes in how planning is undertaken in Queensland – let’s make sure we make the most of it!

RSVP NOW for our free community forum, Tuesday 29 September at South Bank.


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