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.
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.
The (superseded) CairnsPlan came into effect in January 2005.
Council is required to notify the public of any proposed amendments. Applications for either area can be made at the Cairns or Mossman office.
Draft Cairns Regional Council has commenced preparations of a new planning scheme for the whole Cairns Region.