Council’s systems, processes and people have responded well to the commencement on 3 July of the Planning Act 2016 (Planning Act), with Council receiving more than 900 Planning Act applications, more than 200 of which have been decided.
The new legislation required changes to Brisbane City Plan 2014 (City Plan) and Development Services' processes and assessment timeframes. These changes have not affected Council’s commitment to facilitate the delivery of positive on-the-ground development outcomes.
Key changes include:
- alignment of terminology, definitions and zone purposes across City Plan to align with the Planning Act without changing the intent of the plan
- new process and assessment timeframes in Development Services that align with Planning Act statutory requirements
- introduction of the new features of Planning Act and associated regulations, including:
- exemption certificates where appropriate and consistent with community expectations, while maintaining planning transparency and certainty
- change applications (section 82) that relate to the modification of a development approval in addition to a minor change.
These updates are clearly explained in the City Plan fact sheets, along with fact sheets about exemption certificates and how to lodge an application.