Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning considers the long-term vision for the Western Downs. The Western Downs Planning Scheme 2017 is our key strategic document which outlines how land will be used in the region, now and into the future. This document promotes prosperity, liveability and economic development and is regulated by the Planning Act 2016.

If you submit an application to Council for a Development Permit, the Planning Scheme is the primary source our Town Planners use to assess your application. Find out more about Development Assessment or see the options below for all things related to Strategic Planning.

Western Downs Planning Scheme 2017

Western Downs Planning Scheme 2017 – Amendment 1

Council has prepared the below Consultation Summary Report which details how Council has dealt with all properly made submissions.  The amended Planning Scheme, incorporating the changes detailed in the report, has been submitted for the Minister’s approval.

Western Downs Consultation Report

Council is currently undertaking the first amendment to the Western Downs Planning Scheme 2017. The amendment has not yet been formally adopted by Council, however you can view the documents below.

View the Public Notice

Make a submission

Appendix 1
Appendix 2

Part 1 – About the Planning Scheme
Part 2 – State Planning Provisions
Part 3 – Strategic Panning
Part 4 – Local Government Infrastructure Plan
Part 5 – Table of Assessment 
Part 6 – Zone Codes
Part 7 – Local Plans
Part 8 – Overlay Codes
Part 9 – Development Codes
Part 10 – Other Plans

Schedule 1 – Definitions
Schedule 2 – Mapping
Schedule 3 – Local Government Infrastructure Plan
Schedule 4 – Notations Required
Schedule 5 – Designation of Premises for Development
Schedule 6 – Development Manual
Schedule 6 – Ecological Assessment
Schedule 6 – Landscape Character
Schedule 6 – Local Heritage Places
Schedule 6 – Development Application Requirements
Schedule 6 – Planning Scheme Policy Index

Overlay Map 001 – Airport Environs
Overlay Map 002 – Biodiversity Area
Overlay Map 003 – Bush Fire
Overlay Map 004 – Flood Hazard
Overlay Map 005 – Cultural Heritage
Overlay Map 006 – Infrastructure 1 of 2
Overlay Map 006 – Infrastructure 2 of 2
Overlay Map 007 – Extractive Industry ATP
Overlay Map 007 – Extractive Industry EPC
Overlay Map 007 – Extractive Industry EPM
Overlay Map 007 – Extractive Industry MDL
Overlay Map 007 – Extractive Industry ML
Overlay Map 007 – Extractive Industry PCA
Overlay Map 007 –  Extractive Industry PFL
Overlay Map 007 – Extractive Industry PL
Overlay Map 007 – Extractive Industry PPL
Overlay Map 007 – Extractive Industry
Overlay Map 008 – Agricultural Land Classification
Overlay Map 009 – Water Resource Catchment 
Overlay Map 010 – Stock Routes
Overlay Map 011 – Scenic Amenity
Overlay Map 012 – Stormwater
Overlay Map 013 – Waterway Corridors
Overlay Map 014 – Wetlands
Overlay Map 015 – Road Hierarchy
Overlay Map 016 – Noise Corridor

Strategic Planning Map 001
Strategic Planning Map 002
Strategic Planning Map 003
Strategic Planning Map 004
Strategic Planning Map 005

Planning Zones – 1 of 5
Planning Zones – 2 of 5
Planning Zones – 3 of 5
Planning Zones – 4 of 5
Planning Zones – 5 of 5

Industrial Land Use Strategy

Rural Land Use Study

Resources

Fact Sheets

Name Size
Fact Sheet – Development Codes 415.57 KB
Fact Sheet – Overlay Mapping 337.11 KB
Fact Sheet – Tables of Assessment 509.35 KB

Zone Cards

Name Size
Zone Cards – Community Facilities 180.86 KB
Zone Cards – District Centre 186.81 KB
Zone Cards – Local Centre 179.52 KB
Zone Cards – Low Density Residential 205.33 KB
Zone Cards – Low Impact Industry 189.87 KB
Zone Cards – Major Centre 203.72 KB
Zone Cards – Medium Density Residential 173.36 KB
Zone Cards – Medium Impact Industry 180.61 KB
Zone Cards – Residential Open Space 201.82 KB
Zone Cards – Rural 160.42 KB
Zone Cards – Rural Residential 204.82 KB
Zone Cards – Township 181.43 KB

Strategic Studies and Extrinsic Materials

Our strategic studies and extrinsic materials comprise the background research underpinning the Western Downs Planning Scheme 2017 and Local Government Infrastructure Plan.

Strategic Studies

Industrial Land Use Study

Rural Land Use Study

Extrinsic Materials

Name Size
LGIP Background – Drainage 320.66 KB
LGIP Background – Parks 756.64 KB
LGIP Background – Planning Assumptions 170.43 KB
LGIP Background – Transport 382.94 KB
LGIP Background – Water and Sewerage Networks 157.91 KB
LGIP SOW Model 4.00 MB
LGIP16 – Checklist 434.93 KB

Parks

Name Size
Desktop Valuation APV 2.35 MB
WDRC Sport and Rec Plan 3.13 MB

Planning Assumptions

Name Size
20 May 2015 Council Meeting Minutes 8.17 MB
2014 WDRC Land Demand Analyses Update 3.29 MB
OESR Population 142.00 KB

Transport and Drainage

Name Size
Chinchilla Master Stormwater Plans 21.38 MB
Dalby Master Stormwater Plans 2.76 MB
IS Audit Committee Report 2014 52.73 MB
LGIP Miles Wandoan 217.14 KB
Wandoan SW Drainage Concept Master Plan 10.69 MB
WDRC 10 Year Program Chinchilla 214.54 KB
WDRC 10 Year Program Dalby 377.48 KB
WDRC 10 Year Program Tara 147.88 KB

Water and Sewerage

Name Size
2011 Chinchilla Planning Analysis Summary Report 5.59 MB
2011 Dalby Planning Analysis Summary Report 6.57 MB
2011 Miles Planning Analysis Summary Report 5.28 MB
2011 Wandoan Planning Analysis Summary Report 4.03 MB
Chinchilla PWTP Upgrades Options Study 24 January 2013 240.38 KB
Chinchilla Sewer Network Planning Report 2.63 MB
Chinchilla WWTP Planning Report 2 July 2014 1.10 MB
Tara Water Sewer Network Planning Report 1.32 MB
WDRC Sewerage Asset Management Plan Part F 1.25 MB
WDRC Water Asset Management Plan Part E 2.48 MB

Historic Planning Schemes

Superseded Planning Scheme

Historic Planning Schemes