Proposed Isaac Regional Planning Scheme Consult

Shaping our communities



What is a planning scheme?

A planning scheme describes Council’s plan for the future direction of the region by providing a framework for planning and development.

It helps to address the economic, social and environmental needs and aspirations of local communities and the wider region, focusing on land use, development, infrastructure and valuable features of the area.

Specifically, a planning scheme:

  • Regulates future development and land use activities;
  • Identifies the region’s preferred growth pattern;
  • Manages community, state and regional interests and
  • expectations; and
  • Includes a Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) to ensure communities and businesses have the right services.

What happens next?

The proposed Isaac Region Planning Scheme (with changes arising out of public consultation) will be provided to the state government. Council shall seek the State's approval to adopt the new Planning Scheme. 

Council will send letters to all submitters advising of the outcome of their submission(s) after the State Review has been completed.

Upon the State giving approval to adopt both the new Planning Scheme and part 4: The draft Local Government Infrastructure Plan (being separately publicly notified) these documents shall be combined and Council will undertake the gazettal process.  It is anticipated that, subject to State Government approvals, the Isaac Region Planning Scheme shall come into force and effect in early 2021.

The revocation process for the Moranbah Priority Development Area and associated Moranbah Urban Development Area Development Scheme 2011 shall then commence.

Renotification:  6 June to 8 July 2020 – extended to 20 July 2020

Council has undertaken a review of the previous submissions made during the first round of consultation in 2018, and identified a number of areas of the scheme requiring amendment and further consultation, as follows:

  • Comprehensive review of coastal hazard impacts and introduction of a ‘township zone – holiday and residence precinct’ in the Isaac coastal communities to reflect the future vision of the Isaac coast.
  • Review of urban zoning changes to reflect areas which require further detailed planning, or to reflect current land uses
  • Review of minimum lot sizes in residential zones to maximise opportunities for infill development in areas where land availability is constrained by mining tenures

As a result of the significant changes to these planning scheme provisions, Council is required to renotify the document for a period of at least 20 business days. Consultation was extended to 20 July 2020.  During the extended consultation period two public meetings were conducted one at Carmila on the 15 July 2020 and the other at St Lawrence on the 16 July 2020. A copy of the meeting presentation can be viewed here: Coastal Hazards Factsheet

How will it affect you?

The proposed Isaac Regional Planning Scheme will apply to land that you own or rent.

It also applies to the land around you, affects what you can do with your land and what your neighbour can do with theirs. The proposed planning scheme may result in changes to the way you use your property in the future.




Statutory and Non-Statutory Consultation: Coastal Hazard

A particular matter that Council has sought to refine throughout the preparation of the proposed Planning Scheme is the incorporation of planning controls that appropriately address coastal hazard.

This has involved a series of meetings with the coastal communities of Carmila and St Lawrence.

Session 1: Public Notification meetings on the 25 and 26 July 2018 as part of public notification of the proposed planning scheme.

Session 2: Additional public meetings on the 30 and 31 July 2018 as part of public notification of the proposed planning scheme.

Session 3: Additional public meetings on the 3 and 19 September 2018 as part of public notification of the proposed planning scheme

Session 4: Post public notification meeting were conducted on the 21 and 22 November 2018.

Session 5: The results of the Isaac Coastal Hazard Study (October 2019) were reported back to the communities on the 23 and 24 October 2019.

Coastal hazard planning

Following consultation in 2018, Council has undertaken an extensive review of coastal hazard impacts along the Isaac Coast.

The study, discussed with residents in October 2019, has led to the removal of the Limited Development zone along the Isaac Coast, and detailed provisions showing reduced extents for forecast storm time and erosion impacts. Further information is contained in the factsheets section of this site.


Public Notification:  15 July to 5 October 2019

The proposed Isaac Region Planning Scheme was publicly notified between the 16 July the 5 October 2018. The public consultation period was extended during the consultation period by a month to allow additional consultation with the coastal communities.

The fact sheets that formed part of the resources for this public consultation are available above.

Non Statutory Consultation Inviting Community Issues:  7 November to 9 December 2016

Isaac Regional Council resolved to commence the preparation of a new planning scheme for the region on the 24 May 2016 – Resolution number 4487. 

The purpose of this non-statutory consultation was to inform the community of Council’s intention to prepare a new Planning Scheme and give residents their first opportunity to have a say as to identify and discuss issues that needed to be addressed

Isaac Regional Council invited residents to provide ideas to help prepare a new planning scheme for the whole region from November 7 to December 9, 2016.

Fact Sheet: Shaping Communities Isaac Region Planning Scheme