Draft Livingstone Planning Scheme

Council received 135 submissions on the draft Livingstone Planning Scheme during the public consultation which was from 16 November 2016 to 16 January 2017. Council have considered each submission and on 6 June 2017 resolved to advance the draft Livingstone Planning Scheme, with amendments, to the Minister.
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September 2017 - “Alignment Amendment and finalising the new Livingstone Planning Scheme”

Following Council’s initial resolution on 6 June 2017 and additional resolution on 1 August 2017, all changes to the draft scheme as publicly notified and as resolved by Council have been made. On 3 July 2017, Queensland started operating a new planning system, the Planning Act 2016. Replacing the previous planning legislation—the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA)— the new legislation provides for a more transparent and open planning system. With the commencement of the Planning Act comes changes in terminology and rules about how planning schemes are to function. The template used to prepare new Planning Schemes – The Queensland Planning Provisions - has also changed. The draft Livingstone Planning Scheme as publicly notified was drafted to align with the abovementioned template which responded to the rules for development under the  Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA).

In order for our new planning scheme to reflect the new assessment rules and terminology, Council has partnered with the Department of Infrastructure Local Government and Planning to have alignment amendments made to bring into line our ‘new planning scheme’ with the ‘new Planning Act’. The alignment amendments must comply with the rules set by the Queensland Government. The alignment amendment version of the draft new Livingstone Planning Scheme was completed on 6 October 2017. Council will formally lodge this version of the Planning Scheme to the State Government. The final planning scheme is then subject to approvals from within the Department of Infrastructure Local Government and Planning and the approval from The Minster for Local Government and Deputy Premier, the Honourable Jackie Trad. 

Considering this process, it is now expected that the approval from The Minister and subsequent commencement of a new planning scheme is more likely to be in December 2017.