Proposed Amendments to the Planning Scheme

Why amend the Planning Scheme?

The process of amending a Planning Scheme is a normal and necessary part of maintaining the integrity of Council’s planning framework and something that most local governments undertake periodically. This process seeks to improve the clarity of planning policy and operation of the Planning Scheme in facilitating growth and investment, guiding good development outcomes, as well as responding to changing community needs.

Current proposed amendments

The Gympie Regional Council’s Planning Scheme commenced on 1 July 2013. Since that time, Council has identified and implemented a number of amendments to the Planning Scheme. The most recent proposed amendments to the Planning Scheme – Amendment Package 2 – are being proposed to:

  • support better planning outcomes and more efficient development assessment
  • clarify existing policy decisions
  • set new policy based on informed planning investigations.

Some of the proposed changes will ensure that the Planning Scheme incorporates new and updated data from State Government (e.g. Bushfire Hazards), whereas other proposed changes are more specific to the region and respond to the changing way the community is using its spaces; whether that relates to requirements around dual-occupancy living, car park zoning, or home-based business considerations.

The proposed amendment – Amendment Package 2 – can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

Further supporting documentation can be view by clicking the links below:


Get involved

From 8 July 2019, the Gympie Regional Council is inviting feedback on Amendment Package 2. To provide feedback on the proposed amendments, you are invited to prepare a submission about any aspect of the proposed amendments as outlined in the above document links.

You can prepare and submit your feedback on the proposed amendments by:

To ensure your submission meets State legislative requirements for a ‘properly-made submission’, it must:

  • address the submission to The Chief Executive Officer
  • ensure the submission is signed by each person who has made the submission (unless the submission is made via Council’s online form)
  • state the name and address of each person making the submission
  • describe the reasons for your submission and the facts and circumstances relied upon to support your submission.

Please call Council's Planning and Development Department on 1300 307 800 if you have any questions regarding your submission.


Submissions close 5pm, Friday 2 August 2019.


As part of the submissions process, Council is arranging a series of Talk-to-a-Planner sessions that will allow members of the public to drop in at any time to view hard copies of the proposed amendments and deepen their understanding of the proposed changes. Talk-to-a-Planner sessions* are happening at various locations across the region:

  • Kandanga Hall, 16 July, 4:00-7:00pm
  • Gympie CBD, Mary Street (As part of Winter on Mary), 17 July, 4:00-7:00pm
  • Rainbow Beach Library, 24 July, 4:00-7:00pm
  • Kilkivan Hall, 25 July, 4:00-7:00pm.

* Please note that these sessions are not suitable to discuss current planning applications or other general Council matters. To discuss these matters, please contact our Customer Contact team on 1300 307 800.

The proposed amendments will also be available for viewing at Council’s customer contact points and libraries.