The State Planning Policy (SPP) is a statutory planning instrument prepared under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. The SPP outlines state interests in planning and development matters including how these are to be dealt with in planning instruments, council development assessment processes and land designation for community infrastructure.
Why does the State Government have a SPP?
The SPP provides a consolidated and comprehensive view of the state's interests in planning and development to produce a better Queensland. It reduces prescriptive requirements and provides local government with the flexibility to reflect state interests in locally appropriate planning and development. The SPP also provides clarity for local government when making or amending local planning instruments or assessing development applications. This helps local governments achieve the state's objectives, streamlines assessment and approval processes and removes unnecessary red tape while empowering local governments to plan for their communities. By expressing all state interests in land use planning and development in a single document, the SPP provides efficiency, consistency and certainty in Queensland's land use planning and development system.
What happened to the previous state planning policies when the SPP came into effect?
All previously active state planning policies were repealed upon commencement of the SPP. Repealed or lapsed policies are still available on the department's website.
Where does the SPP apply?
The SPP applies across Queensland; however some policies or requirements only apply to specific geographic areas, development types or issues. Therefore the SPP will apply differently depending on the interests that are relevant to a particular region, location or site.
To what activities does the SPP apply?
The SPP applies when:
preparing or amending local planning instruments
local governments assess certain types of development applications (where the SPP has not yet been appropriately integrated into the relevant local planning scheme)
preparing regional plans, by helping to manage competing state interests in that region
designating land for community infrastructure by a Minister
development assessment by the state as the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA).
Who uses the SPP?
Local governments when they are:
making a new planning scheme
amending an existing planning scheme
undertaking development assessment for certain types of development or developments in certain areas when the SPP has not yet been integrated into the relevant local planning scheme.
Applicants when they are preparing applications for certain types of development or in certain areas when the SPP has not yet been integrated into the relevant local planning scheme.
State Government, for a variety of purposes, including:
making a new regional plan
amending an existing regional plan
assessing applications as the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA)
designating land for community infrastructure.
General public, in very limited circumstances, where they are a developer of land and preparing a development application for certain types of development or development in certain areas.
How does the SPP relate to the development of local plans by councils?
The SPP sets out the interests and policy requirements that a local government must take into account when preparing or amending their local planning schemes or assessing certain types of development applications. Local government planning schemes must integrate relevant state interests and provide local context to those interests. The local government may also locally verify elements of the SPP mapping system to include in their planning scheme.
How does the SPP relate to the assessment of development applications?
As with previous state planning polices, the SPP interim development assessment (DA) requirements only apply to development assessment by local governments if the SPP has not been appropriately integrated in the local planning scheme. The interim DA requirements in the SPP only apply to certain development applications mentioned in Part E of the SPP.
Development applications should be guided by and assessed against the local plan, being the planning scheme. Some developments will then trigger more detailed assessment against particular state interests, as specified in Part E of the SPP. The SPP Interactive Mapping System supports the SPP and provides guidance on the geographic application of specific state interests.
What if there is a conflict between the SPP and a local government's planning scheme?
In accordance with the planning Act, if there is a discrepancy between a local planning scheme and the SPP, then what is outlined in the planning Act overrides the planning scheme to the extent of the inconsistency. In development assessment, the SPP applies in accordance with the integrated development assessment system (IDAS) decision rules under the planning Act.
What is the purpose of the mapping?
Some state interests have supporting mapping to assist in representing the requirements of policies. The SPP Interactive Mapping System contains both statutory and non-statutory mapping. It can apply to either plan making or development assessment, depending on the requirements of the SPP. For further information and to access the mapping system, visit www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/spp-mapping
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