Draft Cairns Region Planning Scheme

Proposed changes to the draft Cairns Region Planning Scheme: July 2015

Following community feedback received during last year's statutory consultation on the draft Cairns Region Planning Scheme, Council proposes several changes to the draft scheme. These changes aim to accommodate balanced growth and development in the Cairns city centre and parts of North Cairns areas while achieving high design standards that celebrate our unique tropical identity.

Have your say: consultation period 13 July to 25 August 2015

During the consultation period 13 July to 25 August 2015, the community will be invited to consider and comment on the proposed changes. Properly made submissions must be lodged by 5:00pm on 25 August 2015.

The schedule of proposed amendments and information on how to lodge a properly made submission will be published here at the start of the consultation period.

Proposed changes to the draft Cairns Region Planning Scheme: July-August 2015

In response to community feedback received during last year's statutory consultation on the draft Cairns Region Planning Scheme, Council proposed several significant changes to the draft scheme. In accordance with the requirements of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, Council invited the community to consider and comment on the proposed significant changes and the proposed planning scheme policy during the public consultation period 13 July to 25 August 2015. 

Submissions have now closed. Thank you to everyone who made a submission. Council will now consider every properly made submission and advise each submitter of its response to the matters raised. Council will then revise and finalise the draft scheme, incorporating further amendments where required, before submitting it for Ministerial approval (which may be conditional) to adopt the new scheme.

You can view the proposed significant changes below.

The following maps are provided to help interpret the proposed changes to building heights:

Proposed Planning Scheme Policy – Tropical Urbanism

In addition to the above proposed significant changes, Council also invited public comment on a new Planning Scheme Policy on Tropical Urbanism. Submissions on the proposed policy have now closed.

You can view the proposed planning scheme policy below.

Background: the draft planning scheme to date

Thank you to everyone who made a submission during the statutory consultation period (27 October to 10 December 2014). Council received 6700 submissions and we continue to review all properly made submissions. We will advise each submitter of our response to the matters raised. Your patience during this period is greatly appreciated.

The draft Cairns Region Planning Scheme documents and maps (current at 15 October 2014) can still be accessed via the links below. The information will not be updated further until the draft Cairns Region Planning Scheme is adopted.

To keep up-to-date on the progress of the draft Cairns Region Planning Scheme, please subscribe to Council's Planning Scheme eNewsletter.  

For enquiries, phone us on (07) 4044 3044 or email planningscheme@cairns.qld.gov.au.

Last updated: 26 August 2015