3.7 NEW PLANNING SCHEME A land use Planning Scheme is the legal set of documents and maps that guides the way land, buildings and structures are developed and used in the local government area. Under the Planning Act 2016 , a Planning Scheme sets out the policies and provisions for the use, development and in some instances the protection of land and buildings, and is your council’s legal framework for assessing all development applications. It is entirely reasonable for residents and ratepayers to expect that the Ipswich Planning Scheme reflects a contemporary understanding of the environmental, social/ community and economic issues of the local government area.
BEFORE ADMINISTRATION While the current Planning Scheme had been updated a number of times to provide guidance during the highest growth phase in the history of the city, the continuing unprecedented growth in South East Queensland along with the Queensland Government’s introduction of new planning legislation, a State Planning Policy and a South East Queensland Regional Plan collectively meant that the Planning Scheme no longer reflected a contemporary approach to land use planning. WHAT WE DID In November 2018, council resolved to prepare a new Ipswich Planning Scheme. The process for preparing the new Ipswich Planning Scheme has been endorsed by the Queensland State Government and comprises five broad stages:
Where We Are Now
New Ipswich Planning Scheme Stage Description
Preparation and early consultation on a Statement of Proposals including a draft Strategic Framework (Completed) Preparation of the full draft Planning Scheme (Current)
Submission of full draft Planning Scheme to State Government for review and approval for proceeding to formal public consultation
Public consultation on draft Planning Scheme and reporting on outcomes of consultation to council and then to State Government
Final consideration of the draft Planning Scheme following public consultation by the State Government and approval for council adoption of Planning Scheme
Final adoption of Planning Scheme by council
Each of the submissions has been assessed and a Consultation Report was considered and adopted by council which:
Consultation on the Statement of Proposals (including the draft Strategic Framework) was undertaken from Monday 27 May to Friday 28 June 2019, with a two week ‘informal extension’ to Friday 12 July 2019. There were 510 submissions received from the community and other stakeholders.
Summarised issues raised in the submissions;
Contained responses to the issues raised in the submissions; and Provided recommendations regarding how the issues are proposed to be addressed in preparing the new Ipswich Planning Scheme.