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Have your say: Qld Planning Acts by 4pm 18 January

13 January, 2016

To have your final say on proposed new Queensland planning legislation, get your submissions to State Parliamentary Committee by 4pm Monday 18 January 2016. If you want more information on those supporting instruments and an update on planning – come to one of our upcoming LawJams. 

Make a strong submission, so we get the best planning framework possible to protect community rights and our environment! To assist we have prepared a template submission which you can adapt to suit your concerns, available here.

Important supporting instruments open for comment until 5 February

The Government is also currently seeking comment on the supporting instruments until 6pm 5 February 2016. The supporting instruments include the regulation and the rules and guidelines which now contain much of the substance of the planning framework, including the development assessment rules (previously the IDAS framework). If you care about the quality of our planning laws, it is integral to get commentary in on these supporting instruments.

If you want more information on those supporting instruments and an update on planning – come to one of our upcoming LawJams (community seminars) we are holding with the Department.

The Department of Planning have provided a useful survey which can help direct your comments on particular issues relevant to the supporting instruments, or to assist in directing your comment in your submissions. If you would like to complete this, you can download it here and complete and send it to bestplanning@dilgp.qld.gov.au.

To assist in completing the survey and/or your submissions, we recommend you review a useful slideshow provided by the Department, with inbuilt video links (click on TVs on slides), which assists in explaining changes to the Government’s Planning Bill prior to introduction to Parliament, and the context of the supporting instruments, downloadable here.

You can find more information on the Government’s planning framework and public consultation opportunities here: http://www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/planning-reform

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