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Strategic Planning

Planning, which is also referred to as urban planning or town planning is specifically concerned with shaping cities, towns and regions by managing development, infrastructure and services.


Amended Draft Western Downs Planning Scheme

A planning scheme is one of the most important tools available to Council to guide, promote and facilitate economic development opportunities as well as make our towns and region safe, healthy, liveable, efficient and visually pleasing places to live, work and visit.

The Western Downs Planning Scheme (WDPS) is a draft statutory document that will guide the use and development of land and buildings in the Western Downs region. This document is set to replace the current six planning schemes in operation promoting prosperity, liveability and economic development.


Public Notification

Public notification of the Amended Draft Western Downs Planning Scheme and Local Government Infrastructure Plan occurred between 22 August 2016 and 7 October 2016. Council are currently in the process of reviewing all properly made submissions and will respond to each submitter in due course.

Once a review of properly made submissions has been undertaken and resolved by Council, the Planning Scheme will be submitted to the Department of Local Government and Planning for a final State Interest Review. Once this has been undertaken by the State Government, Council will be in a position to resolve to adopt the Planning Scheme for use.


View the Amended Draft Western Downs Planning Scheme and Local Government Infrastructure Plan documents…