Planning scheme preparation process
  • Last updated:
  • 27 Jul 2022

The New Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme Project is a multi-year project, intended to be completed by 2024. There are many steps in preparing a new planning scheme and we are only in the early stages of the process. Council undertook preliminary consultation from 10 February to 31 March 2022. 

Plan-making process

Step 1:Council decides to prepare a new planning scheme Step 2:Preliminary public consultation Step 3:Preparation of proposed planning scheme Step 4:State Interest Review Step 5:Formal public consultation on proposed planning scheme Step 6:Consideration of submissions and review of proposed planning scheme Step 7:Ministerial Review Step 8:Formal council adoption and implementation Early 2021 Closed 31 March 2022 (Council is currently reviewing feedback received) (3 to 4 years*)

*The plan making process is anticipated to take three to four years to complete (noting that the timing of certain steps in the process, such as state interest reviews are not within council's control).

The process for preparing a new planning scheme is governed by the state Planning Act 2016 and associated Minister's Guidelines and Rules.

Completed and current steps

Step 1: Council decides to prepare a new planning scheme

In 2020, a review of the current planning scheme was undertaken. On 28 January 2021, council resolved to prepare a new planning scheme for the Sunshine Coast.

On 29 July 2021, council lodged a notice with the state government outlining council’s proposal to make a planning scheme. On 25 August 2021, the state government gave notice to council detailing the provisions, process and communications strategy that apply to the making of the new planning scheme.

Step 2: Preliminary Public Consultation

Council undertook preliminary consultation on proposed planning directions for the Sunshine Coast region and local areas from 10 February to 31 March 2022.

Feedback received during the preliminary public consultation period is currently being considered by council. The outcomes of the preliminary consultation will be released in due course, and will help inform the drafting of the new planning scheme (Step 3).

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