Development Initiatives

7th of November 2014

Council's Development Planning Branch has introduced three new development initiatives.


New Service

From 1 July 2014, the Planning and Development Department is offering a new service to aid prospective purchasers or applicants in their due diligence process for future development applications.

The new initiative is for

Planning Scheme Property Information Reports which will provide basic planning scheme information specific to a property or properties, including zoning information, development constraints, consistent and inconsistent uses and levels of assessment.

This new service will help owners and prospective purchasers to access property specific planning information to assist with any pre-planning and due diligence activities particularly for properties proposed to be developed.

Council will also continue to offer a free prelodgement meeting service to provide early comments or feedback on a development proposal. For the 2014/2015 financial year, the fee for a Planning Scheme Property Information Report is $290.00 per request.

For more on the current fees and charges, visit the Planning and Development Department Fees and Charges.

Fast Track Development Applications

On 1 October 2012, Council introduced a fast track application process for minor development applications with 5 day approval timeframes. This process has applied to developments that enter the decision stage at the time of lodgement.

Opportunity to increase the scope of fast track assessments for the decision stage has been identified to also include minor forms of development that:

  • require public notification but for which no submissions objecting to the development are received;
  • have statutory referrals but for which no referral requirements are conditioned and the applicant waives their right to suspend Council's decision period to make representations to a referral agency; and
  • have further information responses that do not require specialist input or assessment.

Minor development applications including those qualifying for fast track determinations as outlined above commenced on 1 July 2014.

Further information is available by contacting Council's Planning and Development Department, Development Planning Branch on (07) 3810 6666 or sending an email to development@ipswich.qld.gov.au

Assessment Manager Conditions

On 1 July 2014, Council introduced a new format for Attachment A – Assessment Manager Conditions of Development Application Decision Notices for all determinations made after this date.

The change to the format of Attachment A tabulates the details of the assessment manager conditions including:

  • the condition reference number;
  • the specific condition requirements; and
  • the time by which the condition must be met, implemented or complied with.

These user friendly changes to the assessment manager condition packages are intended to improve the clarity of the conditions and ensure improved ease of reference of the condition requirements.

Further information is available by contacting Council's Planning and Development Department, Development Planning Branch on (07) 3810 6666 or sending an email to development@ipswich.qld.gov.au