Planning issues and interests
Planning is constantly evolving in response to rapid and far reaching changes in wider society.
The state government is always looking at ways the state's planning policies and framework can improve the lives of everyone. This may be through a special state project to manage a specific issue or ensuring legislation and policies carefully balance the needs of people, places, the environment and the economy.
The Queensland Government has delivered on its commitment to investigate the impact of short-term rental accommodation on housing affordability and availability across different communities.
The Queensland Government has committed to and is delivering on a commitment to review the planning framework for renewables. The government has been listening to the community and has been working with other government agencies, local councils and stakeholders to establish the issues to be addressed in the review.
These amendments further contribute to addressing the current housing affordability and supply challenges that communities are facing across Queensland.
Changes to emergency housing regulations and infrastructure designation pathway for social and affordable housing
To provide people with more access to emergency housing during natural disasters and other events planning approval has been removed, and to deliver social and affordable housing projects faster, provide alternate assessment pathway for social or affordable housing projects by a community housing provider or under a State funded program.
To provide people with more access to housing options, restrictions on who can live in secondary dwellings will no longer apply across Queensland and will enable homeowners to rent out secondary dwellings, such as granny flats, to anyone.
The Minister’s Planning Awards give planning students the opportunity to submit applications to demonstrate innovative and practical approaches to real-world planning challenges — particularly related to engagement and consultation in planning. Nominations for the 2021 Minister’s Planning Awards are now open.
Our state has helped support investment, development and jobs for Queenslanders during the COVID-19 pandemic through its nation-leading planning law changes.
The state government has administrative responsibility for South Bank Corporation (a statutory authority) which owns and manages the 42-hectare South Bank precinct. It also represents the state's interests in funding Brisbane City Council to operate and maintain South Bank and Roma Street parklands.
The Regional Planning Interests Act 2014 (RPI Act) protects areas of regional interest from inappropriate development. It also assists resolving land use conflict between activities which contribute to the state's economy.
The Growth Areas Team is a key initiative to address the current pressure on land supply. It provides a mechanism for state and local government, developers and the industry to keep up with the increase in demand for land, housing and the supporting infrastructure that comes with it.
City Deals are a key implementation tool for the Federal Government’s Smart Cities Plan (2016).
Designing our local neighbourhoods to support more active communities plays a key role in promoting the health and wellbeing of Queenslanders.
The state government has developed guidance material to assist local government advance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, culture and tradition in land use planning.
Last updated: 11 Aug 2023