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New Southern Downs Planning Scheme

Get involved in the new Southern Downs Planning Scheme

The Southern Downs Planning Scheme (Version 5) (PDF9.1MB) is our key strategic document which outlines how land will be used in the region, now and into the future. This document promotes prosperity, liveability and economic development and is regulated by the Planning Act 2016.

Strategic Planning considers the long-term vision for the Southern Downs. Planning is an important tool available to local government to help achieve important social, cultural and environment management outcomes. It is about making living and working environments safe, healthy, efficient and aesthetically pleasing through the arrangement of land uses. Planning also provides certainty for people by outlining to them what can be expected to occur in their local communities.

The Planning Scheme is currently under review to determine where, how and what development occurs, what infrastructure and public spaces should be provided for communities, environment and building protection and land uses for the next 10 years. The New Southern Downs Planning Scheme will be developed over the next 2-3 years, drawing on input from and engagement with our community.

The Southern Downs Planning Scheme is an important document for shaping our region, our home.  We want to hear from our community, businesses, and industry about what you’d like to see Southern Downs become, and ensure this document reflects your needs and aspirations. We've defined five key themes for this survey that will help shape the final planning scheme:

  1. Housing
  2. Business and Tourism
  3. Environment, Natural Hazards and Climate Change
  4. Heritage, Culture and Character
  5. Agricultural Areas

We want to hear from our community, businesses and industry to ensure the new planning framework reflects the needs and aspirations of our residents. Continue reading to find out how you can get involved, and read our Planning Scheme Factsheet (PDF 740.3KB) and Project Timeline (PDF 132.6KB) for further details:

Planning Scheme Fact Sheet

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Project Timeline

SD Planning Scheme Timeline 2024 (PDF 154.5KB) (PDF 154.5KB)

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Online interactive map

Show us where you’d like to see change, interventions or where you currently experience challenges.

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Online Survey

The online survey has now closed.


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