Planning Scheme

The Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme was adopted at Council's Special General Meeting held on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 and commenced on Monday, 1 July 2013.
A number of amendments have been made to the Planning Scheme since its commencement, creating superseded and historic Planning Schemes as below.

The most recent amendments to the Planning Scheme commenced on 23 November 2017 to create the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013 version 2.0.

The Planning Scheme is a living document which sets out the Gympie Regional Council's intention for the future development in the Planning Scheme Area, over the next 20 years. The Planning Scheme applies to the entire Gympie Region, including all premises, roads, internal waterways and local government tidal areas.

Temporary Local Planning Instrument

A Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI) is a statutory instrument created under the Planning Act 2016, which may suspend or otherwise affect the operation of the Planning Scheme for a period of up to two years from its effective date. A TLPI does not amend or repeal the Planning Scheme, and does not create a superseded version of the instrument. To the extent of any inconsistency between Council's current Planning Scheme and the TLPI, the TLPI prevails.
Generally a TLPI is an interim response that can be made if: 
  • There is a significant risk of serious adverse cultural, economic, environmental or social conditions happening in the local government area;  and
  • The delay involved in making or amendment another local planning instrument (e.g. the planning scheme) would increase the risk; and
  • A state interest would not be adversely effected by the proposed TLPI.

For current TLPIs in effect in the Gympie Region click here.

Local Development Area Structure Plans

The Local Development Areas (LDAs) of Southside, Victory Heights and East Deep Creek are identified in the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013 (the Planning Scheme), as available for future residential purposes (Southside) and employment purposes (Victory Heights and East Deep Creek). Refer to the map outlining each LDA below:

Southside LDA Study Area

Following extensive stakeholder engagement, including two rounds of community consultation, Council approved the Final Southside LDA Structure Planat its Ordinary Meeting of 25 January 2017 as a guide for development assessment purposes.

The Structure Plan will be used to inform the assessment of any development applications lodged in the LDA, until such time as the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013 is amended to reflect the approved Structure Plan. The amendment process will commence immediately in line with State Government legislative requirements, which will also include a subsequent period of public notification of the proposed amendments to the Planning Scheme. The supporting background Planning Report  provides further detailed information that has informed the Draft Structure Plan. 

As an interim measure to ensure the immediate protection of environmental values identified in the LDA, Council has adopted Temporary Local Planning Instrument 1 - Southside Local Development Area effective from 11 October 2017. The TLPI regulates vegetation clearing in the LDA and dependent on the location and nature of any vegetation proposed to be cleared, an application may now be required to be submitted to Council.

East Deep Creek LDA Study Area

Council is preparing a Structure Plan for the East Deep Creek Local Development Area. The Study Area is approximately 440ha in size and is comprised by densely vegetated areas and larger lots with cleared pasture, along with established rural residential, industrial and extractive industry uses. The catalyst of the structure planning exercise at East Deep Creek is the inclusion of large areas of industry-zoned land in the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013. Council wishes to facilitate development in this area by preparing an overarching strategic level plan in light of opportunities and constraints of the area. Proposed future development in this precinct is required to comply with an adopted structure plan as referenced in the current Planning Scheme.

This Structure Plan will show the areas where industrial development can occur, what the local road network might look like and which areas would likely remain undeveloped due to constraints. The draft Structure Plan outlines intent to maximise industrial development to support the future employment growth of Gympie.

The first round of stakeholder engagement from the East Deep Creek Local Development Area Structure Plan has raised further questions about the provision of infrastructure required to facilitate industrial development at this location.  As such, further research is required to determine how this will be provided.  This additional step will take 3 – 4 months and will then inform the final Structure Plan to be presented to Council for endorsement.  If adopted, amendments to the current Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013 will then be sought.  This statutory process of amending the Planning Scheme can take up to 12 months as further public notification is required and a State interest review will be conducted by the State Government.

Planning Scheme Factsheets

Council are developing a number of factsheets regarding common questions arising for the implementation and interpretation of the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013.

Superseded Planning Schemes

The Planning Schemes below have been superseded by the current version of the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013.

Superseded Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013

Historic Planning Schemes

Prior to amalgamation in 2008, the respective Shires that now make up the Gympie Regional Council Government Area administered individual planning schemes. These include: