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New Ipswich Planning Scheme

In response to the continuing unprecedented growth in South East Queensland and the Queensland Government’s introduction of new planning legislation, State Planning Policy and South East Queensland Regional Plan, council has decided to prepare a new planning scheme (the Draft Ipswich Planning Scheme 2019). The process for preparing the new Ipswich Planning Scheme has been endorsed by the Queensland State Government and comprises five broad stages:

Where We Are NowStage New Ipswich Planning Scheme
Stage Description
Stage 1 Preparation of draft planning scheme, including early consultation on a statement of proposals incorporating the draft strategic framework and subsequent preparation of the full draft planning scheme
  Stage 2 Submission of full draft planning scheme to State Government for review and approval for proceeding to formal public consultation
  Stage 3 Public consultation on draft planning scheme and reporting on outcomes of consultation to council and then to State Government
  Stage 4 Final consideration of the draft planning scheme following public consultation by the State Government and approval for council adoption of planning scheme
  Stage 5 Final adoption of planning scheme by council

Further information about the process that council will follow to prepare the new Ipswich Planning Scheme can be viewed on the Queensland State Government website (refer to information under the subheading 'Public notices for making/amending planning schemes’).

In endorsing the process, the State Government also approved a communications strategy setting out how consultation will be carried out while the draft planning scheme is being prepared - view the strategy below:


Consultation on Statement of Proposals (Including Draft Strategic Framework) Closed

Consultation on the statement of proposals document (including the draft strategic framework) has formally closed.

All submissions will be reviewed and included in a report to be presented to council for consideration.  Council's responses to all submissions will be made available for public viewing on council's website www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/newplanningscheme.

Feedback from the community, state agencies and other stakeholders will be used to guide preparation of the final strategic framework and the rest of the planning scheme, including detailed zoning and development code components.


Consultation Information

The consultation information for the Statement of Proposals (including Draft Strategic Framework) is provided below.

An open letter from the Interim Administrator of Ipswich City Council was published and sent to ratepayers and residents, providing information about the new Ipswich Planning Scheme project and how to be involved in the early consultation - view the letter below:

The statement of proposals document comprises four sections:

Section Statement of Proposals
Section Description
Section 1 Provides information about the new Ipswich Planning Scheme
Section 2 Outlines purpose of statement of proposals, feedback being sought and methods for obtaining further information
Section 3

Includes draft strategic framework document setting out:

  • Proposed overall approach and strategy direction for whole of city, with supporting strategic valuable features maps, overlay maps and strategic framework maps
  • More detailed strategies and approaches for 30 local areas, including precinct map indicating likely future land zonings and alternative options for certain sites/areas
Section 4

Provides information on how to make submissions, what happens to submissions and next steps

  • A key stakeholder briefing was held on 6 June 2019. Select to view the presentation.
  • To view the live recording of the presentation evening click here.

The Statement of Proposals including the draft Strategic Framework document and maps are available to view in the Reference Documents and Maps section below.

Maps are available to view via links within the various sections of the Strategic Framework document or via the interactive mapping tool.

(Note: the mapping tool enables searches and views of specific maps and searches by property address, road or street name, as well as allowing you to view the related section in the draft strategic framework document should you need further information about how the map is to be applied, or to print a PDF copy of the map.)

Reference Documents and Maps

Statement of Proposals
Title Page and Table of Contents
Section 1 – About the New Ipswich Planning Scheme
Section 2 – About this Statement of Proposals
Draft Strategic Framework Document
Section 3.1 to 3.6 – Whole of City Framework
Section 3.7 – Local Area Frameworks
Section 3 – Table 3.1 State Planning Policy and Regional Plan Integration
Section 3 – Table 3.2 Ipswich City Council Strategy Delivery
Section 3 – Figure 1 Historical Timeline
Section 3 – Maps
SVFM1: Strategic Greenspace Areas and Links
Map 1: State Government Mapped Water Feature
Map 2: State Government Mapped Habitat
Map 3: State Government Mapped Vegetation
Map 4: Matters of State Environmental Significance
Map 5: Matters of Local Environmental Significance
SVFM2: Watercourses and Designated Wetlands
SVFM3: Scenic and Visual Amenity Values
SVFM4: Good Quality Agricultural Land
OV1: Biodiversity
OV2: Watercourses and Designated Wetlands
OV3A: Cultural Landscapes
OV3B: Places of Cultural Heritage Significance
OV4A: Defence Facilities – Height Restriction Zone and Obstruction Clearance Surface
OV4B: Defence Facilities – Operational Airspace, Wildlife Attraction and Lighting
OV4C: Defence Facilities – 2029 Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) Contours
OV4D: Defence Facilities – Explosive Storage Safeguard, Public Safety Areas
OV5: Unexploded Ordinance (UXO) Areas
OV6: Mining Influence Areas
OV7: Key Resource Areas (KRAs)
OV8: Bushfire Risk Areas
OV9: Difficult Topography
OV10: Flooding and Major Urban Catchment Flow Paths
OV11: Major Transport Infrastructure
OV12: Motor Sports Buffers
OV13: Wastewater Treatment Buffers
OV14: Water Resource Catchments
OV15: High Pressure Pipelines
OV16: High Voltage Electricity Transmission Lines
OV17: Dispersive Soils
SFM1: Settlement Pattern
SFM2: Centres and Employment Land
SFM3: Waste Activity and Buffer Areas
SFM4: Housing Areas
SFM5A: Strategic Transport Network
SFM5B: Strategic Active Transport Network
SFM6: Strategic Green Infrastructure
LFM: Preferred
LFM: Alternate Options 1
LFM: Alternate Options 2
LGIP: Transport
LGIP: Public Parks
LGIP: Land for Community Facilities
Section 4 – Where to from here?

View/download the complete Statement of Proposals document (including the draft Strategic Framework) without maps.

More Information

For any enquiries regarding the New Ipswich Planning Scheme project contact council via phone on (07) 3810 7990, email strategic@ipswich.qld.gov.au or visit the counter at council's Administration Building at 45 Roderick Street, Ipswich, during office hours.