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Land use planning is fundamental to the system and the Planning Act 2016 (Planning Act) provides for the making of planning instruments that guide all strategic planning and development across the state.

The state sets out what is important to Queensland through the state planning instruments, with local planning instruments created by local governments with input from their local communities, to guide growth, development and changes in their area. Statutory instruments provide guidance on 'how' instruments are to be made or changed.

Under the Planning Act, the local government planning scheme is retained as the principal planning instrument that drives planning and development across the state.

The new plan making system is underpinned by several initiatives that will improve its operation and ensure planning is more relevant to local communities, who have more time to get involved. Learn more.


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