Isaac Region Planning Scheme - Shaping Communities

Thank you to those who shared ideas to help prepare a new planning scheme

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.


What is a planning scheme?

A planning scheme describes council’s plan for the future direction of a local government area. Planning schemes provide detailed direction on community planning. They address the economic, social and environmental needs and aspirations of the local community.

Planning Schemes focus on land use, development, infrastructure and valuable features of the area. They identify land uses and set the standards that development must meet.

Specifically, planning schemes:

  • identify the strategic outcomes for the area
  • include measures that help achieve the strategic outcomes
  • coordinate and integrate community, state and regional interests
  • include a local government infrastructure plan (LGIP)
  • include a structure plan for any master planned areas within the government council area.

How does the planning scheme affect me?

The planning scheme will apply to land that you own or rent. It applies to the land around you, affects what you can do with your land and what your neighbour can do with theirs.

Why does Isaac need a new Planning Scheme?

Isaac Regional Council was formed in 2008 from the Belyando, Nebo and Broadsound Shire Councils. This means there are three different planning schemes across Isaac’s local government area:

  • the Belyando Planning Scheme 2009,
  • the Nebo Planning Scheme 2008 and
  • the Broadsound Planning Scheme 2005.

Additionally, the Moranbah Priority Development Area Development Scheme was approved by the State Government in 2011.

The new Planning Scheme will provide one local planning framework for the region.

How long will it take?

The new Isaac Regional Planning Scheme will be developed in four stages and
is expected to be complete in 2018:


Stage One:
Planning and preparation stage
The preparation of various studies, reports, explanatory statements and open community survey to inform the planning scheme as well as drafting the new planning scheme.
Stage Two:
State interest review
An assessment by the Queensland Government for impacts on State Interests such as compliance with the State Planning Policy and Queensland Planning Provisions.
Stage Three:
Notification stage
The public notification of the new planning scheme, including engagement with the community and key stakeholders, as well as analysis of the submissions to inform the planning scheme.
Stage Four:
Adoption Stage
Assessment by the Queensland Government for impacts on State Interests and approval by the Council.

Once adopted, the planning scheme will be reviewed every ten years.

Isaac is a diverse region spread across 17 unique communities encompassing country and coast.
There are rural properties, urban townships, industrial precincts, coastal strips and offshore islands.
There are many different land use opportunities and challenges.

The new plan will need to respond to the needs of these diverse places. Council sought feedback from November 7 to December 9, 2016 around four key topics:

  • Creating resilient communities
  • Facilitating diverse economic activity
  • Making the most of rural areas
  • Sustainable growth of our coastal communities