QUEENSLAND Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney last week introduced proposed new planning legislation to Parliament, including the Planning and Development Bill 2014.
Along with the Planning and Development (Consequential) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 and the Planning and Environment Court Bill 2014, which were also released, the proposed legislation will replace the existing Sustainable Planning Act 2009.
"The Planning and Development Bill 2014 is one of three bills that are the culmination of our government's planning reform agenda that we set out to achieve in our first term," Mr Seeney said when introducing the Bill.
"They represent the culmination of a whole range of planning reforms that we set ourselves a target to achieve in the first term of our government. With the passage of these bills early in the new year, that promise will be fully delivered and that planning reform agenda will be complete for the first term of our government.
"The proposed bill defines the legislative framework as a new, clear, effective and 'real' planning and development system. It will drive shorter, clearer and more realistic planning schemes and drive faster, easier and more realistic development assessment by local government," Mr Seeney said.
According to an overview document released by the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, the proposed new planning legislation aims to:
- Significantly improve the integrity, efficiency and legibility of the system;
- Reduce the complexity of the Act and the system it establishes;
- Deliver an improved, more responsive set of processes for plan making and development assessment;
- Reduce delays for system users; and
- Provide a balance between consistency and flexibility, enabling predictability while maintaining good planning outcomes.
"The purpose of the reformed legislation is to facilitate the prosperity of Queensland, pursuing ecologically sustainable development balancing economic growth, environmental protection and community wellbeing," the document states.
"To achieve this, the bill provides for an efficient, effective, transparent, integrated and accountable system for planning and development assessment."
More information is available from the Department of State Development and Infrastructure website at <http://www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/about-planning/>.