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. Amendments to the Planning Scheme commenced on 1 August 2016 to create the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013 version 1.2.

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 premise, roads, internal waterways and local government tidal areas.


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:

The provisions of the Planning Scheme require an approved Structure Plan to be in place prior to any significant development occurring within each of these LDA Precincts. Development pressures within each of the LDAs, particularly Southside and East Deep Creek, has meant that Council is prioritising the structure planning exercise for each of these LDA Precincts to confirm their development potential.

Following extensive stakeholder engagement, including two rounds of public notification inviting submissions, Council approved the Final Southside LDA Structure Plan at 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.

The stakeholder engagement phase for the East Deep Creek LDA precinct will also be commencing soon. More information about the project and the process being followed will be displayed on this webpage as the project progresses.

For more information about the project please contact council’s Planning Strategy and Major Projects Branch via email at or via phone on (07) 5481 0413.



Public Consultation

Council is currently undertaking a review of a number of Council planning and development instruments. Your feedback is appreciated.

Current public consultation.


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:

Former Cooloola Shire Council Planning Scheme

Former Kilkivan Shire Council Planning Scheme

Former Tiaro Shire Council Planning Scheme