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Western Downs Planning Scheme 2017 incorporating Amendment 1

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The Western Downs is a vibrant community well-known for offering a relaxed and friendly country lifestyle, enriching the spirit and liveability of those choosing to live, work and play in the region.

It is important that good planning is in place to manage growth and change so that the important qualities that make the Western Downs special are maintained and enhanced.

What is a Planning Scheme?

In support of Council’s strategic vision of creating a vibrant and sustainable region, the Western Downs Planning Scheme will shape our future land use development decisions. It also sets a fresh and innovative approach to managing and supporting long-term population and economic growth in the region. The Planning Scheme will apply to all properties in the Western Downs region. It sets out the preferred land use for each property and identifies what areas should be protected. To meet the needs of our region, we will need to ensure that the Western Downs Planning Scheme can facilitate:

  • Different types of housing to improve affordability (including housing for smaller families, an aging population and short-term accommodation);
  • Promote and facilitate economic development opportunities that utilise existing infrastructure capacity;
  • Sustain and protect agricultural production and support manufacturing and industrial activity;
  • Protect our natural environment and unique landscapes;
  • Provide enough land for urban expansion in our major regional centres including land for housing, shops and industry; and
  • Create great urban neighbourhoods which allow us to create liveable communities where our community want to live, work, play and interact.

For more information, please contact the Strategic Planning Team on 1300 COUNCIL (1300 268 624) or email the Strategic Planning Team.

Western Downs Planning Scheme – Amendment 1

The documents below comprise the current Western Downs Planning Scheme 2017 incorporating Amendment 1.

Citation and Commencement

Appendix 1
Appendix 2

Part 1 – About the Planning Scheme
Part 2 – State Planning Provisions
Part 3 – Strategic Plan
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 Mapping & Supporting Material 
Schedule 4 – Notations Required
Schedule 5 – Designation of Premises for Development 
Schedule 6 – Planning Scheme Policy 1 – Development Manual
Schedule 6 – Planning Scheme Policy 2 – Ecological Assessment
Schedule 6 – Planning Scheme Policy 3 – Landscape Character
Schedule 6 – Planning Scheme Policy 4 – Local Heritage Places
Schedule 6 – Planning Scheme Policy 5 – Information Required
Schedule 6 – Planning Scheme Policy Index

Overlay Maps

Name Size
OM-001 Airport Environs 3.39 MB
OM-002 Biodiversity Areas 8.21 MB
OM-003 Bushfire 15.67 MB
OM-004 Flood Hazard 23.73 MB
OM-005 Cultural Heritage 12.14 MB
OM-006 Infrastructure 19.36 MB
OM-007 Extractive Industries 1.37 MB
OM-007 Extractive Industry [ATP] 5.33 MB
OM-007 Extractive Industry [EPC] 5.41 MB
OM-007 Extractive Industry [EPM] 4.03 MB
OM-007 Extractive Industry [MDL] 3.03 MB
OM-007 Extractive Industry [ML] 4.52 MB
OM-007 Extractive Industry [PCA] 4.49 MB
OM-007 Extractive Industry [PFL] 896.52 KB
OM-007 Extractive Industry [PL] 4.79 MB
OM-007 Extractive Industry [PPL] 2.68 MB
OM-008 Agricultural Land Classification 6.37 MB
OM-009 Water Resource Catchment 3.98 MB
OM-010 Stock Routes 6.03 MB
OM-011 Scenic Amenity 7.37 MB
OM-012 Stormwater 19.01 MB
OM-013 Waterway Corridors 6.90 MB
OM-014 Wetlands 6.70 MB
OM-015 Road Hierarchy 12.31 MB
OM-016 Noise Corridor 3.86 MB

Strategic Framework Maps

Name Size
SPM-001 Settlement Patterns 6.98 MB
SPM-002 Natural Environment 5.76 MB
SPM-003 Community Identity Landscape Character 6.84 MB
SPM-004 Economic Development Natural Resources 5.96 MB
SPM-005 Access Mobility Infrastructure 4.89 MB

Zone Maps

Name Size
Zone Maps 45.93 MB

Western Downs Regional Council Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) Maps

Name Size
LGIP – Drainage 5.79 MB
LGIP – Footpaths 5.32 MB
LGIP – Parks 5.70 MB
LGIP – PIA 5.89 MB
LGIP – Sewer 7.18 MB
LGIP – Transport 5.65 MB
LGIP – Water 5.59 MB