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.

The New Ipswich Planning Scheme Project is a multi-year project, intended to be completed by 2024. There are multiple steps in preparing a new planning scheme and we are still in the early stages of the process.


Plan-making Process

*The plan making process is anticipated to take four to five years to complete noting that the timing of certain steps in the process, such as state interest reviews, are not within council’s control.

The process for preparing a new planning scheme is governed by the Planning Act 2016, Planning Regulation 2017 and associated Minister’s Guidelines and Rules.

Where Are We Now

Council has prepared a full draft of the planning scheme for State Interest Review and provided it to the State Government. The draft planning scheme has considered feedback from the community, other stakeholders and the State Government about the draft Strategic Framework (as detailed in the Consultation Report).


Completed Steps

Step 1 and 2: Preparation and Early Consultation (COMPLETE)

Council undertook consultation on the statement of proposals to guide the proposed planning directions for the Planning Scheme - Statement of Proposals and Interactive Mapping.

Feedback received during the statement of proposals consultation have been considered by council. A consultation report was considered and adopted by Council which:

  • Summarises the issues raised in the submissions;
  • Contains responses to the issues raised in the submissions; and
  • Provides recommendations regarding how the issues are proposed to be addressed in preparing the New Ipswich Planning Scheme

Step 3: Preparation of full draft planning scheme (COMPLETE)

This phase includes the preparation of:

  • background and informing studies,
  • draft detailed zoning,
  • operational provisions; and
  • assessing matters of State Interest.

This process culminated in the adoption of a draft Planning Scheme by the Council, and its submission to the Department of State Development, Local Government, Infrastructure and Planning for the commencement of the first state interest review.

Engagement and consultation with the department will occur throughout the next phases of the planning scheme preparation.  More information on this process is available in the New Ipswich Planning Scheme Communications Strategy.  A stakeholder and community engagement plan is also being prepared.


What's Next

In order to progress to Step 4, the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning must complete the first State Interest Review and endorse Council progressing to the next phase of the project.

Preparing for and undertaking good quality engagement is a focus for the project in these next phases.  We will be using Shape Your Ipswich as well as a range of other engagement tools to assist in communicating with community and stakeholders.  If you are interested in keeping up to date with the new Planning Scheme project, please “follow” the project on Shape Your Ipswich and select the “City design and planning” category of interest.

Once approved, further information about the process 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’.

Council has also approved an amended Communications Strategy which has been provided to the State Government.  The Communications Strategy sets out how consultation will be carried out while the draft planning scheme is being prepared.  You can view the strategy below:

Communications Strategy


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 Ground Floor, 1 Nicholas Street, Ipswich, during office hours.


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?