CairnsPlan 2016 v1.1

As the Cairns region's planning scheme, CairnsPlan 2016 sets a clear direction for future development and sustainable growth.

CairnsPlan 2016 has been prepared by Council is a balance plan that encourages growth while maintaining the qualities and characteristics that make the Cairns region special.

Version 1.1 (Superseded)

The CairnsPlan 2016 Version 1.1 was adopted on 28 June 2017 and commenced on 1 July 2017.

CairnsPlan 2016 Version 1.1 was superseded by CairnsPlan 2016 Version 1.2 which was adopted on 6 December 2017 and commenced on 11 December 2017.


Planning scheme amendments are required from time to time to keep the CairnsPlan 2016 up to date and operating effectively.

Each time an amendment is adopted, a superseded planning scheme is created.

Provide feedback on the CairnsPlan 2016

Cairns Regional Council is committed to continuously improving the CairnsPlan 2016 and ensuring it stays up to date through an ongoing program of amendments. As part of this program, we would like to hear your feedback on the CairnsPlan 2016 and your suggestions for improvements.

  • To provide feedback, please complete the online feedback form. Once submitted, you will receive an email confirming that your feedback has been received.

You will be advised when amendments are available for review and comment. Please note that undertaking amendments to the CairnsPlan 2016 involves research, consultation and review from both Council and the State Government and this process can take more than 6 months.

If you have any enquiries about the amendments process, please contact

More information

For enquiries, phone us on 1300 69 22 47 or email  You can also sign up for our e-newsletter to stay up-to-date with planning scheme matters.

Last updated: 24 August 2018