Planning Scheme


The Isaac Regional Planning Scheme helps us manage growth, plan for a sustainable future and guide the way land is used and developed in the Isaac Region.

The Isaac Regional Planning Scheme 2021 was adopted by Council on 24 February 2021 and came into effect on 1 April 2021.  The Isaac Regional Planning Scheme supersedes the three former Planning Schemes and associated Planning Scheme Policies of the former Belyando, Nebo and Broadsound Shires.  The Isaac Planning Scheme 2021 does not apply to the Priority Development Areas within the Moranbah Priority Development Area or the area contained within the Galilee Basin Development Scheme (see schemes in later pages). 

Accessing the Isaac Council Regional Planning Scheme Online Mapping

Council’s Online Mapping allows users to view property and land information, planning zones and aerial photography.

Access maps here 

What is a Planning Scheme?

A Planning Scheme is a living and evolving document that provides a set of rules and guidelines that regulate how land in specific areas can be used and developed.

A Planning Scheme is designed to shape future land use development decisions and address other matters related to land use and development.

The Isaac Regional Planning Scheme was developed with significant community input to ensure the delivery of development outcomes that are consistent with the communities needs and goals and support Council’s vision of being “a  region that feeds, powers and builds communities, now and for the future”.

A planning scheme is the document a local government uses to tell the public and other levels of government how it plans to manage development and growth in its region and respond to long-term change.

Planning schemes are both:

  • a policy document, setting out the long-term strategic vision for the local government area – typically about 20 years; and
  • a legal document which sets out rules for regulating development and criteria for assessing development applications.

Planning schemes also include:

  • the localised expression of state and regional planning policies; and
  • planning for major local government infrastructure networks.

Planning schemes are written, adopted and applied under the Queensland Government’s Planning Act 2016. The Act provides the framework for Queensland’s planning system which is performance-based, applicant driven and established through a hierarchy of planning instruments. These factors influence, and in some respects prescribe, the content and layout of planning schemes.

For more general information about Queensland’s planning framework, refer to the Queensland Government’s Planning State Development website.

Why have a Planning Scheme?

As a Council, we have a lawful obligation under the Planning Act 2016, to have a planning scheme and to review it every 10 years.

The planning scheme allows the community and Council to make informed decisions about what development can occur where and how the impacts of development will be appropriately managed.

It provides a framework for:

  • making consistent, transparent and accountable decisions; and
  • making decisions which contribute to, and do not detract from, achieving a shared longer-term
  • vision for our region.

From an economic development perspective, the planning scheme can offer policy indications to the property and development markets, as to the form and nature of development that would be positively received in the region to support and stimulate growth in various contexts.

Amendments to the Isaac Regional Planning Scheme

Major Amendment (Flood Hazard)
Council is proposing changes to the Planning Scheme to develop a more comprehensive approach to the regulation of development in flood prone areas. The amendment will also incorporate more detailed flood mapping developed as part of recent flood studies undertaken by Council.

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Interim Local Government Infrastructure Plan Amendment 
Council is proposing changes to the Planning Scheme to ensure that the content of Council’s Local Government Infrastructure Plan remains consistent with Council’s long term trunk infrastructure capital planning. 

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Superseded Planning Schemes
Other development Schemes in affect in the Isaac region

Moranbah Priority Development Area

Some areas of Moranbah are located with the Moranbah Urban Development Area declared by the state government as a Priority Development Areas (PDA) under the Economic Development Act 2012. The extent of the PDA is identified on the map below.


The Priority Development Area (PDA) (previously known as the Moranbah Urban Development Area) was declared on 30 July 2010 and is a 1218 hectare area made up of a number of different sites within Moranbah. It encompasses large areas of vacant land, part of the golf course and a small amount of residential and industrial land.

The Queensland Government approved the Moranbah Urban Development Area Development Scheme (Development Scheme)  on 29 July 2011. Development within the PDA is currently regulated in the Moranbah Urban Development Area Development Scheme (development scheme).  The Moranbah Urban Development Area Development Scheme can be accessed on the EDQ website.

All development applications within the PDA are currently assessed by Council against the approved Development Scheme.

With the recent adoption of the Isaac Regional Planning Scheme, Council is now working with the State Government to revoke the Moranbah PDA as the outcomes sort within the Development Scheme have been overtaken and where relevant, reflected within the Isaac Regional Planning Scheme.  Any updates on the revocation of the PDA will be provided as the project progresses.

Galilee Basin State Development Area

Declared in June 2014, the 105,996-hectare Galilee Basin State Development Area (SDA) comprises two 500-metre wide corridors from the Galilee Basin to the Port of Abbot Point. Development in the Galiee Basin State Development Area is undertaken under the Galilee Basin Development Scheme 2014 which is administered by the State Government.

The Development Scheme documents and mapping can be accessed on the States website.

The Galilee Basin is a 247,000 square kilometre thermal coal basin in central Queensland. It is located approximately 200 kilometres west of the Bowen Basin, extending north past Hughenden, south to Charleville and west beyond Winton and Middleton as shown on the below map.

The Galilee Basin SDA will support the development of the Galilee Basin and provide an efficient way to transport coal to the Port of Abbot Point- one rail corridor is designed to service the central Galilee Basin and a second corridor will service the southern Galilee Basin.

The SDA enables a coordinated approach to developing multi-user common rail corridors whilst minimising impacts on landholders and the environment.

The exact timeframe for development of the rail corridors is dependent on investment decisions made by private sector proponents.


Temporary Local Planning Instruments

A Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI) is a statutory instrument created under the Planning Act 2016. A TLPI may suspend or affect the operation of another planning instrument (e.g. the Isaac Regional Planning Scheme),but does not amend or repeal that instrument.

A TLPI can be effective for up to two years after its effective date, or sooner if stated in the instrument or repealed.

Generally a TLPI is created if:

  • a significant risk of adverse cultural, economic, environmental or social conditions is happening in the local government area
  • the delay involved in making or amending another local planning instrument (e.g. the planning scheme) would increase the risk
  • a state interest would not be adversely effected by the proposed TLPI.

There are no TLPI’s currently in effect in the Isaac region.