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The Planning Act 2016 will commence on 3 July 2017, replacing the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. If you are planning to lodge a development application under the Sustainable Planning Act for which the state (SARA) is the assessment manager, you will need to ensure that lodgement is completed through the MyDAS system prior to 5pm on Friday 30 June 2017. The department has prepared a fact sheet (PDF icon 535 KB) to assist with this transition.

The DA mapping system contains Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping layers kept, prepared or sourced by the state that relate to development assessment and matters of interest to the state in assessing development applications. The system also includes hyperlinks to registers maintained by relevant state agencies used to identify matters of interest, such as the Queensland Heritage Register.

Mapping layers in the DA mapping system include information from:

  • the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA)
  • priority development areas
  • the Regional Planning Interests Act 2014

Not all matters of interest to the state have mapping layers, but for those that do, the purpose of the maps can vary greatly. It is important that each mapping layer is viewed and interpreted in the context of that particular matter of interest.

The DA mapping system is regularly updated. A summary of recent updates is available and should be used in conjunction with schedules 3, 6 and 7 of the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 to determine whether an application requires assessment by, or referral to, the chief executive.

The mapping also assists potential applicants to obtain an understanding of what matters of interest may apply to their site, and can also be of assistance in interpreting and applying the State Development Assessment Provisions (SDAP).

Information on the role of the DA mapping system in SARA, as well on the general use of the system, can be found through the DA mapping system FAQs.

The DA mapping system is linked to MyDAS – for applicants lodging or referring a new development application through the system. A report listing the relevant matters of interest will be generated for each lot entered into MyDAS.

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