Planning Scheme

Make a submission on our proposed Planning Scheme amendments before Monday 28 February 2022.

Our Planning Scheme is guided by the Far North Queensland Regional Plan 2009 – 2031 and is used to regulate development within the region and help to deliver desirable outcomes such as:

  • ensure that incompatible land uses don’t impact on one another
  • protect our resources such as waterways, native vegetation and rural land
  • provide more efficient infrastructure such as water, sewerage and road networks

We levy infrastructure charges as part of the development assessment process to help pay for the cost of providing additional trunk infrastructure needed because of increased demand on that infrastructure. These charges apply when a subdivision (reconfiguring a lot) or material change of use generates additional demand on trunk infrastructure networks. Trunk infrastructure is significant or higher-order infrastructure that supports large areas or catchments, such as water supply, parks and road networks, for an entire neighbourhood.

Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP)

The current planning scheme incorporates administrative and minor omissions, along with several major amendments. These amendments commenced on 1 September 2019.  Contact us if you have an enquiry regarding a superseded planning scheme.
The Planning Scheme makes reference to a number of other documents generated both within TRC and through external agencies. A number of state and federal approvals may also be required for larger planning applications and applications in areas with unique heritage and/or environmental resources. As planning policies at all levels of government are continually changing and being updated, this list is not an exhaustive list but rather a starting point for further investigation. TRC takes no responsibility as to the completeness or accuracy of this list.