Strategic Planning Strategic Planning

The role of Council's Strategic Planning Section is primarily to identify future land uses and associated trunk infrastructure.  This will assist the region manage sustainable growth while offering a diverse range of development options.

Council's Strategic Planning Team is actively working towards the implementation of the inaugural planning scheme for the entire Gladstone Region in accordance with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.  The planning scheme is an integral part of identifying areas suitable for growth to retain the enviable lifestyle that our residents currently enjoy.  Along with the new Planning Scheme, extensive work is being undertaken on identifying required infrastructure to support development and to plan for a population growth up to 2031.

In addition to the above, the Strategic Team co-ordinate Council's responses towards the major projects within the Gladstone Region, eg. LNG Plants, Steel Plants.

The Team also look after amendments to the existing three Planning Schemes.


New GRC Planning Scheme

The new planning scheme will encompass the entire amalgamated Council areas, ie. the former Gladstone City, Calliope Shire and Miriam Vale Shire.

Infrastructure Planning

The Infrastructure Planning Section identifies infrastructure required to service the Gladstone Region into the future.

Note:  A link to the documents will be provided in the near future.

Major Regional Projects

 A list of the major regional projects within the Gladstone Regional Council and their status.- LNG - Other


Statutory Planning Statutory Planning

The Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) came into effect on 18 December 2009 and replaced the Integrated Planning Act 1997 (IPA).  SPA provides for (amongst other things) the process by which development applications must be handled.  This process is called the Integrated Development Application System (IDAS).

Council's Statutory Planning Team assesses all Planning Development applications - ie. Material Change of Use (MCU), Reconfiguring a Lot (RaL).  The team also assess Boundary Relaxation and Amenity and Aesthetics applications.

For all planning applications you must:

  • Complete application details - IDAS form 1 (mandatory).
  • Complete any other forms relevant to your application.
  • Provide any mandatory supporting information identified on the forms as being required to accompany your application.
  • Pay the required fee.

In addition, it is recommended that you complete the applicable IDAS checklist (although not mandatory).

The following provides links and/or information to assist the lodgement of a properly made development application.

IDAS Forms/Checklists/Guides

All forms can be obtained from the Department of Local Government & Planning website

NOTE:  The IDAS forms are the approved forms under the Act and must be used when making an application.  There are also template forms however these are not mandatory (eg. Changing an approval)

Amenity & Aesthetics This form applies for all structures which can impact on the amenity and aesthetics of the area or for any of the scenarios listed on the first page of the Amenity & Aesthetics Application form.
Boundary Relaxation This form applies for dwellings proposed to be constructed closer than 6m to the front boundary and for all other structures seeking boundary relaxation to the side or rear boundary.
Current Planning Schemes All applications must be accompanied by a statement about how the proposed development addresses the applicable planning scheme and any other relevant planning documents.
Planning Fees & Charges 2013-14

All applications must be accompanied by the applicable fee.

Other Useful Links


Planning Enquiries and Prelodgement Meetings Planning Enquiries and Prelodgement Meetings

Prelodgement Meetings are designed to provide the customer with detailed advice on proposals that are more complex, complicated and generally at a significant stage of their project/application development.

Prelodgement meetings are intended to provide initial advice on specific issues identified for discussion by the applicant and any likely major issues relevant to a development proposal. It cannot replace the in-depth investigation normally associated with the formal assessment of an application and consideration of any public submissions. While the advice is given in good faith, it in no way binds a decision by the Council. Prelodgement Meetings will attract a $250 fee an invoice will be issued once a request is reviewed by Council.
Prelodegment Form

Plannng Enquiry advice is applicable and current at the date of enquiry and the necessary application/s should be lodged within a period of three (3) months. It is recommended that once you have received initial advice, that you arrange for a pre lodgment meeting with a Planning Officer to confirm the relevant requirements and associated charges.
Planning Enquiry Form

Lodging a Survey Plan Lodging a Survey Plan

To assist with lodging a Survey Plan to Council, please complete the below checklist.

Along with the above checklist, Survey Plan Lodgement usually consists of:

  • Survey Plan
  • Easement Documentation (if applicable)
  • IDAS Form 32
  • Fees as per Council's Fees & Charges
  • Report demonstrating compliance with the Conditions of Development Approval.

To discuss the lodgement of Survey Plans further, please contact Council's Statutory Planning Section on (07) 4977 6813.

Planning Certificates Planning Certificates

To request any of the following town planning certificates, please complete the Assessment & Development Search Form and pay the applicable fee as indicated.

  • Limited Planning & Development Certificate (refer Section 738 of SPA for details)
  • Standard Planning & Development Certificate (refer Section 739 of SPA for details)
  • Full Planning & Development Certificate      (refer Section 740 of SPA for details)