Planning Scheme Review Project


The Fraser Coast Planning Scheme 2014 (planning scheme) manages and regulates growth and development in our region. 

The planning scheme sets out requirements for new development, providing a “rule book” guiding types of development and core infrastructure.

Planning schemes take a long-term view to appropriately balance economic, environmental and social matters in the best interests of the community. 

You can access the planning scheme from Council’s website at:

Hard copies and PDF copies of the Fraser Coast Planning Scheme are available on USB or CD and can be purchase at the Hervey Bay and Maryborough Customer Service Centres.

The review will assess whether the planning scheme is meeting the economic, environmental and social needs of the region. 

It is also a legislative requirement under the Planning Act 2016, which requires a full review of planning schemes every 10 years. 

You can stay up-to-date with the project by registering your interest on Council’s Engagement Hub (Planning Scheme Review project page).

You will be able to provide feedback on the discussion paper between 6 October 2020 and 13 November 2020.

You can provide feedback in a number of ways:

a ) Provide interactive responses to quick polls or selected sections of the Discussion Paper on the Council’s Engagement Hub (Planning Scheme Review project page) under the ‘Discussion Paper’ heading.

b) Respond online within the Discussion Paper document.

c) Print it here, then either:

Email your response to: OR

Post your response to: Attention: Planning and Growth, Fraser Coast Regional Council, PO Box 1943 Hervey Bay.

You can also provide general feedback on the Engagement Hub without viewing the Discussion Paper.

The last time Council undertook a Planning Scheme Review was to create the current planning scheme, which was adopted in 2014. Since this time, it has been updated ten times to deal with various targeted policy changes and community needs. This project will review planning scheme in its entirety.

Yes, as it is a statutory requirement to review the planning scheme every 10 years. Toowoomba Regional Council, Ipswich City Council and Tablelands Regional Council have recently completed, or are in the process of reviewing their planning schemes.

The Planning Scheme Review project ensures that our planning scheme is relevant and ensures that new development in the Fraser Coast achieves the vision and expectations of our community.

There is also a statutory requirement to review the planning scheme every 10 years.

Some of the benefits of the review include:

  • Ensuring planning requirements are as streamlined as possible;
  • Reducing the complexity of the planning scheme, and;
  • Identifying opportunities for economic growth, environmental protection or improving social outcomes.

The Discussion Paper identifies the planning scheme's current policy framework and new trends that are shaping our region. 

The Discussion Paper provides the opportunity for feedback on whether changes are required to each section of the planning scheme.

Your feedback will be analysed and consolidated into a Planning Scheme Review Outcomes Report, which will provide responses to key planning issues and be made available on Council’s Engagement Hub in early 2021.

You can register on Engagement Hub to receive project updates, which will include the consolidated report.

We will not be providing individual responses to submissions, but your submission will be acknowledged.

Some of the benefits at the end of the process may include:

  • Streamlining planning requirements;
  • Reducing the complexity of the planning scheme, and;
  • Identifying opportunities for economic growth, protecting environmental values or improving social outcomes.