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review period of the submitted development scheme.

The submitted development scheme was accompanied by the submissions report which summarised the submissions and detailed the merit of the submissions and the extent to which the proposed development scheme was amended to reflect the issues raised.

On 19 October 2012 the Tannum Sands PDA Development Scheme was approved by the state government.

Will development in the Tannum Sands PDA be at risk of flooding?

Gladstone Regional Council has previously undertaken a flood risk assessment in accordance with State Planning Policy 1/03: Mitigating the Adverse Impacts of Flood, Bushfire and Landslide, which was in place at the time. This was considered in planning for the site and delivering development.

Development within an area affected by flood risk, will only occur where there is no 'net worsening' of flooding impacts, including impacts on areas adjoining the PDA. This means that existing communities in Tannum Sands and areas of Boyne Island across the river will not experience changes in local flood conditions as a result of development within the PDA.

Will the site's development impact on the water quality in the Boyne River?

The Tannum Sands PDA falls within the Boyne River Catchment. In Queensland, formal Water Quality Objectives are set for catchments by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) in their Queensland Water Quality Guidelines 2009.

A stormwater management plan will be required for all development within the site. This report will present the best practice Water Sensitive Urban Design principles that are appropriate to manage stormwater on the site. Development will comply with the State Planning Policy.

Any development application will be required to demonstrate compliance with the Water Quality Objectives for water leaving the site boundaries.

How will ecologically significant areas be protected?

Significant environmental values will be identified, retained and enhanced where appropriate. A number of site specific investigations will be involved in identifying values present within the site and key stakeholders were consulted with to ensure these values are appropriately addressed in the development scheme.

Ecologically significant areas will be protected through a number of different planning mechanisms. The development scheme will outline the zoning provisions within the PDA and tables of assessment will nominate the types of development that are appropriate in each zone. The vision in the development scheme will also provide guidance as to what is envisaged for the PDA.

What will happen when a development application is lodged?

Development applications are lodged with Economic Development Queensland (EDQ). The application will be assessed against the Tannum Sands PDA Development Scheme.

Download the Tannum Sands PDA Development Scheme (PDF icon 1.51 MB) or contact EDQ via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone 1300 130 215.

How does development assessment process differ from the Gladstone Regional Council?

Development applications over land outside a PDA are made to and assessed by the local government authority under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) and the planning scheme. Development applications over land within a PDA are instead made to and assessed by Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) under the Economic Development Act 2012 (ED Act) .Under this Act, the assessment process has been streamlined to enable a development application to be assessed and decided generally within 40 business days. This shortened timeframe does not include circumstances where there is a need for additional information or public notice of the application.

What happens to a development application that was lodged with council prior to declaration?

When a PDA is declared, development applications already lodged with the local government for the area continue to be assessed and decided by the local government under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) and the provisions of their planning scheme.

What happens to a building application that has already been lodged with a private building certifier?

Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) is not responsible for assessing building work against the Building Act 1975. These applications will continue to be assessed under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA), which provides for private building certification.

Background reports