Draft Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme 2015

In April 2013, Council commenced preparation of the Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme (draft planning scheme). The draft planning scheme is intended to replace the existing planning schemes that apply to the former Bowen and Whitsunday Shires.

On November 2014, the Council resolved to adopt the draft planning scheme for the purpose of undertaking statutory State interest review.
Key factors the new planning scheme takes into account include:
  • Increases in population;
  • Growth in the tourism and agricultural industry;
  • the proposed Port of Abbot Point expansion; and
  • Development of the Whitsunday Coast Airport to international status.
The draft planning scheme supports an exciting future for the Whitsundays, providing for liveable communities and housing diversity; economic growth; the protection of environment and heritage values; reduced hazards and increased safety; and an efficient transport and infrastructure network.

Council is committed to undertaking significant consultation with the Whitsunday community and stakeholders throughout the process of preparing the draft planning scheme. As a result, Council made a copy of the draft planning scheme available to the community since November 2014. The draft planning scheme has been updated following State government comments and is available for the formal public consultation process.
The plan making process
The draft planning scheme has been prepared in accordance with State Government legislation that regulates planning and development, including the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. It is expected to be completed over the course of three years, as there are a series of steps and activities that need be undertaken at this time.

On the 12 November 2014 the Council resolved to adopt the draft planning scheme for the purpose of undertaking statutory State interest review. This represents the completion of the Stage 1 in the process of preparing the draft planning scheme.

A new planning scheme was provided to the community as part of formal public consultation stage (Stage 3), which was carried out after (Stage 2). Following the State interest review, Council engaged the community for feedback. The formal public notification period for the draft Planning Scheme closed on Friday 16 October 2015 and submissions are being reviewed. 
Flow Chart Stage 4 21102015
Can I make a submission?
Interested members of the community (person, group or organisation) were able to submit a written comment about the draft planning scheme during the formal consultation period from 21 August 2015 to 16 October 2015.
For more information on making a submission, read our factsheet.
Formal public consultation
The draft planning scheme was available to the public for consideration during the formal public consultation period.

The formal consultation period was extended and ran for 8 weeks. It commenced on Friday 21 August and ceased on Friday 16 October 2015.

Council believes that better planning is achieved through community engagement. The engagement process presents an opportunity for you to assist Council understand your concerns and get to know our local staff. We are seeking your input to ensure that any community issues are recognised and incorporated into project planning and considered in the development of the draft planning scheme.
Will the draft planning scheme change?
Yes, following the formal public consultation period, Council may make adjustments to the advertised draft planning scheme, subject to public submissions. As a result of these comments an updated planning scheme will be prepared and provided for consideration by the State Government.
View/download the draft Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme
Residents are encouraged to read the draft planning scheme prior to making a submission.

To view, click on the link to the Planning Scheme portal on the Quick Links menu on the right hand side. Alternatively, the draft planning scheme is available for download as a pdf at the bottom of this page.
Whitsunday Regional Council Development Manual
Schedule 6.8 Whitsunday Regional Council development manual planning scheme policy is available for individual download below.
 Part 1 - WRC Development Manual    [PDF, 9.86MB]
 Part 2 - WRC Development Manual    [PDF, 12.19MB]
Detailed Flood Hazard Mapping
Detailed flood hazard mapping has been provided for the areas of Bowen, Gumlu, Guthalungra and Proserpine to assist residents in these communities in determining the Defined Flood Level (DFL) for their property.
Please ensure that you check the riverine, localised and coastal inundation mapping where relevant to your property. When determining your DFL, it is the highest level across these three mapping sets which you must apply to your property.
Where directed by the coastal protection or flood hazard overlay codes, please see the following maps for the DFL of your property below.
 Riverine flooding - Bowen                         [PDF, 8MB]
 Coastal inundation flooding - Bowen [PDF, 830.2KB]
 Riverine flooding - Gumlu                         [PDF, 3MB]
 Riverine flooding - Guthalungra            [PDF, 1.5MB]
 Localised flooding - Proserpine             [PDF, 1007.4KB]
Should you require further assistance, please contact Council's Planning & Community Department on (07) 4945 0200.
Supporting Material
The following background studies were undertaken to inform the preparation of the new draft Planning Scheme and is provided below for information purposes.
 Economic and Population Study        [PDF, 10.8MB]
 Urban Growth Study                                [PDF, 1.13KB]

Draft Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme
 (PDF version) 
** NOTE**
Should you experience difficulty downloading large PDF documents below, you may wish to try viewing the draft Planning Scheme through the
 Planning portal.

 Title & Contents page                                                                   [PDF, 285.5KB]
 Part   1 - About the Planning scheme                                   [PDF, 416.5KB]
 Part   2 - State Planning Provisions                                       [PDF, 255.6KB]
 Part   3 - Strategic framework                                                  [PDF, 215.3KB]
 Part   4 - Local government infrastructure plan            [PDF, 89.9KB]
 Part   5 - Tables of assessment                                                 [PDF, 1.3MB]
 Part   6 - Zone codes                                                                       [PDF, 611.9KB]
 Part   7 - Local plan codes                                                            [PDF, 423.9KB]
 Part   8 - Overlay codes                                                                 [PDF, 862.7KB]
 Part   9 - Development codes                                                     [PDF, 1.8MB]
 Part 10 - Other plans                                                                      [PDF, 89.8KB]
 Schedule 1 - Definitions                                                                [PDF, 509.1KB]
 Schedule 2 - Mapping                                                                     [PDF, 197.4KB] 
 *See table below for maps associated with the draft planning scheme*
 Schedule 3 - LGIP mapping and supporting material  [PDF, 90.2KB]
 Schedule 4 - Notations required under SPA                     [PDF, 219.1KB]
 Schedule 5 - Land designated for community infrastructure 
                                                                                                                       [PDF, 186.8KB]
 Schedule 6 - Planning Scheme policies                                 [PDF, 968.9KB]
 Appendix 1 - Glossary of abbreviations & acronyms   [PDF, 194.9KB]
 Appendix 2 - Table of amendments                                       [PDF, 116.4KB]

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