In March 2013 Council commenced preparation of the new Scenic Rim Planning Scheme under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. A draft planning scheme was submitted to the State government for first State interest review in February 2016. In July 2017 the new Planning Act 2016 commenced and Council resolved to progress the development  of the new Scenic Rim Planning Scheme under the requirements of this new Act.

The new Planning Scheme will replace the existing planning schemes that apply to the former Beaudesert Shire, Boonah Shire and Ipswich City council areas within the Scenic Rim region, and ultimately govern the region's future development.

The intent of the new Planning Scheme is to provide greater consistency and coordination to land use planning regulation and policy across the region, whilst appropriately recognising the unique characteristics of localities and areas. It will aim to appropriately balance:

  • the protection and enhancement of values, lifestyle and characteristics that the community enjoys; and
  • the social and economic development and growth of the Region.

The new Planning Scheme will be prepared in accordance with State Government legislation that regulates planning and development, including the new Planning Act 2016.

Significant consultation with the Scenic Rim community and stakeholders will be undertaken at various periods throughout the Planning Scheme preparation process. Details of consultation timing and opportunities will be released at the commencement of each significant phase of the project.


Planning Scheme Directions Paper

The purpose of the Directions Paper was to articulate the key commitments and policy directions for the new Scenic Rim Planning Scheme. It also aimed to outline the planning and development challenges faced by Scenic Rim region, and how Council, through its planning scheme, intended to respond to these challenges. The Directions Paper identified matters Council anticipates the new planning scheme will address, and provided information as to how the planning scheme intends to address those matters.

The finalised version of the Directions Paper was adopted by Council on 26 August 2014. A consultation report was drafted to outline the activities undertaken, to summarise the feedback provided and to outline how the feedback will be used. From 26 March 2014 - 2 May 2014, Council sought feedback from the community, stakeholders and interest groups on the Draft Directions Paper. 

NOTE: All documents have not been adopted by Scenic Rim Regional Council and are provided for transparency and information purposes only. The findings and issues identified herein may or may not be used by the Scenic Rim Regional Council in the preparation of the new Planning Scheme, and should not be used as an indication as to the future intent or policy position of the Scenic Rim Regional Council. Stakeholders and the Scenic Rim community should not rely on any of the material contained herein as representing likely or final decisions by the Scenic Rim Regional Council, nor should it be used to support or otherwise in the making and lodging of a development application with the Scenic Rim Regional Council. Scenic Rim Regional Council and its officers accept no liability for loss occasioned to any person or entity making decisions or refraining from making decisions acting in reliance upon any material contained within this document.

Consultation documentation Consultation documentation

01 Scenic Rim Planning Scheme Directions Paper - August 2014.pdf

01 Scenic Rim Planning Scheme Directions Paper - August 2014.pdf

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