The Queensland Government is reviewing how the state government expresses its interests in plan making and development assessment.

The State Planning Policy is the primary state planning instrument in Queensland's planning system. It provides a clear and comprehensive expression of the policies needed to ensure that planning in Queensland is outcomes focussed, efficient, and accountable.

Across Queensland, we are responding to the challenges and opportunities of growth through smart planning. Key to this is emphasising the importance of facilitating affordable living and housing outcomes through the planning system. We are serious about putting sustainability and climate change on the planning agenda, while promoting great urban design outcomes for our built environment. Well-designed places and spaces increasingly underpin the economic and social success of our communities. That is why we are ensuring that our places are designed to reflect the way that people interact with their communities and not the other way around. We recognise the importance of holistically integrating land use and infrastructure planning in delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for Queensland. We have therefore included this as a new state interest for planning and development.

The State Planning Policy now identifies 17 state interests in land use planning and development categorised into five themes relating to:

  • liveable communities and housing
  • economic growth
  • environment and heritage
  • safety and resilience to hazards
  • infrastructure.

By clearly expressing performance outcomes for each state interest, the State Planning Policy promotes transparent and accountable decision making and confidence in the planning system. Our performance-based planning system encourages and responds to change by allowing for innovation and flexibility in plan making. At its core, this new approach to planning is about being responsive to changing community needs and creating great places for Queenslanders to live, work and raise their families.

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