The Queensland State Government has released a draft single State Planning Policy (SPP) for consultation and comment, closing on 12 June 2013. It combines 13 current State policies into one single policy, adding some additional matters for consideration, with 18 State Interests grouped under 5 themes.
The objectives of the single SPP are to express the State’s planning and development interests in a single place and in a complete and concise format to encourage flexible, innovative and locally appropriate approaches to planning.
It will be supported by tools and guidance material to assist implementation. Inherent in these objectives is the expectation that the single SPP will also make the planning and development assessment processes more streamlined, efficient, facilitative and transparent.
The State interests are grouped under 5 main themes:
A single State Planning Policy and the coordination of State Interests through a centralised State Assessment and Referral Agency are very good ideas and are arguably long overdue.
The real value, however, will be realised only through the completion of work in progress, accurate and up-to-date mapping and the release of more detail. The ultimate success will be measured through the implementation and associated culture changes to achieve the stated objectives.
This feature was published by THG, a Brisbane-based urban development consultancy firm specialising in Planning, Surveying, Urban Design, Economics Strategy & Research, Landscape Architecture and Marketing & Design. THG is contributing to the Urban Development Institute of Australia's (QLD) effort to compile appropriate submissions to the State Government on the draft single SPP. THG is a Foundation Member of Australia’s first national non-profit organisation focused purely on liveability – Partners for Livable Communities Australia (PLC).