Planning and Development Policy
The Queensland Greens believe:
That the aim of planning is to produce communities that are diverse,
sustainable and liveable, and which articulate the reasonable
aspirations of the community.
policies should be developed by communities, local governments and
state governments, to serve the needs of the community.
That an increased
reliance on private car use leads to a decrease in community
engagement whereas a focus on walkable neighbourhoods, cycling
facilities and public transport infrastructure leads to an increase
in community life.
community consultation is a necessary condition of good planning and
should be adequately resourced by government.
That urban sprawl
places pressure on the natural environment by way of land clearing
and reliance on private, fossil fuel driven motor vehicles for
development should feature the most energy and water efficient
That there must be
an integration of land use and transport planning, including
planning controls requiring that new development be sited on, or
connected to, transit routes.
That too much of
our precious agricultural land is being given up for mining, dams
needs a State-wide decentralisation (population and settlement
dispersal) plan, which acknowledges regional limits to ecological
population growth in the face of constrained resources such as water
and arable land is unwise and unsustainable.
and development must be integrated with energy policies and play a
key role in avoiding and mitigating climate change.
Greens want to:
Stop urban sprawl and maintain productive rural land uses, landscape
values and open space in all urbanising regions.
Bring about and
maintain a high standard of living, including community engagement,
for all Queensland residents.
impact of the built environment on the natural environment.
regulations contain stringent benchmarks for energy and water
efficiency and take sustainable transport and service delivery into
green space and waterfronts for the use of the public.
decentralised urban areas through the development of town centres
and urban villages based on concentration of services and increased
residential density around public transport nodes with adequate
public green space.
Plan for services
such as schools, hospitals, government housing and community
facilities in the town centres outside urban centres.
ecologically sustainable development is advanced when exercising
planning functions and assessing development applications under the
Integrated Planning Act (IPA).
The Queensland Greens will:
Reintroduce the ability to prohibit some forms of development in
particular areas (zones) into the Integrated Planning Act (IPA).
injurious affection compensation provisions of IPA, so that the
threat of having to pay compensation does not hamper steps by local
government to undo planning mistakes incorporated in earlier
planning schemes and development approvals.
Remove from IPA
the process of Preliminary Approvals, which circumvent community
consultation on the detail of development applications.
Amend IPA so that
any existing approval older than two years is taken to have lapsed,
and the holder of the approval must reapply for a new approval.
Amend IPA to
reduce the ability of Councils to ignore planning scheme provisions
at the behest of development interests who claim “sufficient
grounds” exist for approving development which conflicts with the
reference in IPA to addressing climate change and develop a State
Planning Policy on reducing greenhouse emissions and adapting to
Amend IPA to
increase the concurrence role of the Environmental Protection Agency
in assessing the environmental impact of development applications.
processes for a formal public consultation and submission process on
the content of a state-wide urban decentralisation plan, which
acknowledges regional limits to ecological carrying capacity.
Reform the SEQ
Regional Plan, and ensure all future Regional Plans:
The basis of the
SEQ Regional Plan must be achieving ecologically sustainable
development. Priority should not be given to population
growth at the expense of the environment and social arms of
sustainability. Population projections should not be used as
planning targets or requirements at regional and local levels.
Conduct a full
assessment of the carrying capacity of the SEQ Region including
water availability, infrastructure capacity and critical wildlife
habitat, both now and in a climate-constrained future. Ensure the
SEQ Regional Plan does not provide for development beyond the
ecologically sustainable carrying capacity of the region.
The SEQ Regional
Plan should be revised to focus on climate change mitigation and
adaptation through regional planning designed at reducing
Queensland’s emissions. The region’s carbon footprint
should be identified and targets set to reduce greenhouse gases by
To provide for a
diverse range of housing needs including affordable housing, while
ensuring that housing affordability is not used to justify
ecologically unsustainable overdevelopment.
To fully protect
significant regional biodiversity and wildlife corridors, including
the habitat of endangered and vulnerable species and SEQ koala
habitat, and protect endangered and of concern regional ecosystems
from further development.
To provide more
open space and recreational land at the regional and local levels
(with a target of 4 hectares per 1,000 people), but not at the
expense of conservation areas.
anti-environment and anti-community State Development and Public
Works Organisation Act 1971 and subject all infrastructure
proposals to Queensland’s planning and environmental laws.
comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement laws administered by
the Environmental Protection Authority applying to all high impact
development applications or development in sensitive areas.
Grant State legal
aid funding for public interest environmental and planning cases
(minimum of $1 million per year).
per year for the operation of Queensland community-based, public
interest environmental and planning law offices.
Provide a minimum
of $4 million per year funding for community and peak environment
council participation and involvement in the preparation and
amendment of planning schemes, planning policies, integrated
transport and regional plans, and to research and prepare public
submissions on development applications of State, regional and major
creation of urban villages and town centres by upgrading public
transport systems, rezoning the surrounding land for medium to high
density and protecting nearby green space from development.
housing near public transport hubs and upgrade public transport
services in areas with large amounts of government housing.
to regional areas and provincial cities by developing business
location and development policies; public service relocation;
cultural, educational, recreational, and infrastructure development;
and State support for local government investment.
of solar (or heat pump if solar is not viable) water heating to
rental properties mandatory.
Ensure all new
housing developments have a minimum of 20% affordable housing, to
deliver an overall amount of 10% affordable, community and emergency
housing within each region of Queensland.