Planning Schemes

The consolidated CairnsPlan for the City of Cairns commenced in March 2009. Council is now developing a new draft Cairns Region Planning Scheme to manage the region's land use and development over the next 20 years. The State Interest Review and formal consultation for the draft scheme is expected to occur in mid-2014.

See below for more specific information on planning schemes.

Overhead sketch

Current schemes & policies

Current (2009) planning schemes for the former Cairns City and Douglas Shire Councils will remain in force until a new planning scheme covering the Cairns region is developed.

Planning schemes

Superseded & transitional schemes

The (superseded) CairnsPlan came into effect in January 2005.

Property & Land Information

Scheme amendments

Council is required to notify the public of any proposed amendments. Applications for either area can be made at the Cairns or Mossman office.

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Draft Cairns Region Planning Scheme

Cairns Regional Council has commenced preparations of a new planning scheme for the Cairns region.