Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme 2017

The Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme was adopted on 28 June 2017 and commenced on 30 June 2017. The new planning scheme will facilitate development to accommodate future growth of up to 20,000 people and over 9,000 more jobs region wide by 2036 in a manner that is environmentally sustainable, boosts industry development and supports the rich lifestyle enjoyed by the Whitsunday community. It is the first planning scheme for the Whitsunday region since amalgamation between Bowen and Whitsunday Shires in 2009 and is a key step for delivering a successful, stronger and more resilient region into the future.

Council is currently undertaking public consultation on the Planning Scheme Amendment to include the Local Government Infrastructure Plan (Part 4 and Schedule 3). The Public Consultation Period is Wednesday 17 January 2018 to 5pm on Tuesday 6 March 2018. To review the Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) and supporting information or to have your say by making a submission, please go to http://yoursay.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au/ and find the LGIP project page.

The Whitsunday Planning Scheme supersedes the 2009 Whitsunday Shire Planning Scheme and 2006 Bowen Shire Planning Scheme.

On 3 July 2017, Whitsunday Regional Council commenced an alignment amendment under the Alignment Amendment Rules and section 293 of the Planning Act 2016 to the Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme 2017 Version 3.5 (the aligned amendment).

The alignment amendment involved administrative changes that have the purpose and general effect of aligning the Whitsunday Planning Scheme 2017 to meet functions and terminology within the Planning Act 2016.

Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme 2017

To view the Planning Scheme and the associated maps, please click on the links below:
Title and Contents Page PDF 253 KB
Part 1 - About the Planning Scheme PDF 340 KB
Part 2 - State Planning Provisions PDF 202 KB
Part 3 - Strategic Framework PDF 216 KB
Part 4 - Local Government Infrastructure Plan PDF 9.77 KB
Part 4 of the Planning Scheme is currently undergoing public consultation, for more information
please go to http://yoursay.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au/
Part 5 - Tables of Assessment  PDF 1.2 MB
Part 6 - Zone Codes  PDF 546 KB
Part 7 - Local Plan Codes  PDF 256 KB
Part 8 - Overlay Codes  PDF 859 KB 
Part 9 - Development Codes  PDF 1.7 MB 
Part 10 - Other Plans PDF 10.2 KB
Schedule 1 - Definitions  PDF 165 KB
Schedule 2 - Mapping  PDF 19.7 KB 
*See table below for maps associated with the planning scheme*  
Schedule 3 - LGIP Mapping and Supporting Material PDF 10 KB
Schedule 3 of the Planning Scheme is currently undergoing public consultation, for more
information please go to http://yoursay.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au/
Schedule 4 - Notations required under PA PDF 33.2 KB
Schedule 5 - Land Designated for Community Infrastructure PDF 17.5 KB
Schedule 6 - Planning Scheme Policies PDF 272 KB
The Whitsunday Development Manual PDF 375 KB
          Stormwater Quality
PDF 500 KB
Appendix 1 - Glossary of Abbreviations & Acronyms PDF 16.8 KB
Appendix 2 - Table of Amendments PDF 10.8 KB

Below are the maps associated with the Planning Scheme:

Map Number

Map Title


Overview Map
 SFM - 01:05 Local Government Planning Scheme Area and Content PDF  1.6 MB
Strategic Framework Maps
 SFM - 01:05 Strategic Framework Map PDF 7.7 MB
Zone Maps
ZM - 01:29 Zoning Map PDF 88.7 MB
Local Plan Maps
HILP - 01 Hamilton Island Local Plan: Heights Plan PDF 693 KB
Overlay Maps
ASS - 01:14A Acid Sulphate Soil Overlay PDF 77 MB
AL - 01:29 Agriculture Land Overlay PDF 44.1 MB
AE - 01:02 Airport Environs Overlay PDF 1.5 MB
BH - 01:29 Bushfire Hazard Overlay PDF 45.5 MB
CP1 - 01:14 Coastal Protection Overlay: Storm Tide  Inundation PDF 22.3 MB
CP2 - 01:14 Coastal Protection Overlay: Erosion Prone Areas and Permanent Inundation  PDF 19.7 MB
ES - 01:29 Environmental Significance Overlay PDF 124.6 MB
ER - 01:29 Extractive Resources Overlay PDF 13.8 MB
FH - 01:29 Flood Hazard Overlay PDF 13.9 MB
HER - 01:29 Heritage Overlay PDF 44.4 MB 
INF1 - 01:29  Infrastructure Overlay: Transport Infrastructure PDF 35.5 MB
INF2 - 01:29 Infrastructure Overlay: Utility Infrastructure PDF 33.4 MB
LH - 01:29 Landslide Hazard Overlay PDF 132.5 MB
WW1 - 01:29 Waterways and Wetlands Overlay PDF 93 MB
WW2 - 01  Waterways and Wetlands Overlay: Climatic Region PDF 1.6 MB

Supporting Documents

In order for Council to make informed decisions about the planning scheme, a number of studies have been completed over the past 5 years which are used to inform and underpin the decisions that influence the preparation of the scheme.

Some of these important studies include:

• The 2013 Norling Population and Growth Study
• The 2014 Urban Growth Study
 Whitsunday Coast Airport International Export Hub Master Plan and Feasibility Study

There are also several ancillary documents that support the planning scheme, and these include:

• The Whitsunday Development Manual
 Climate Change Adaption Policy 
• Climate Adaptation Strategy 2016-2020
• The Adopted Infrastructure Charges Notice

See studies and superseded planning schemes for further information.


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