The New Noosa Plan



The New Noosa Plan is the draft planning scheme that will replace the current Noosa Plan 2006.

It strives to protect the look and feel of Noosa while providing a blueprint to shape the shire’s growth over the next 20 years. The New Noosa Plan is the culmination of several years of engaging with the community. 

The New Noosa Plan will facilitate more housing and business choices, continue the place based approach of the existing planning scheme, future transport needs and opportunities for rural enterprises. It considers how we live, work and play in the future.

It sets the rules for development including new or changing land uses, subdivision, building works, landscaping and clearing of vegetation and all forms of engineering works.

As required by the State Government, the New Noosa Plan differs from the current Noosa Plan with changes to the structure, zones and land use definitions in particular.

The New Noosa Plan has undergone a rigorous review by the State Government to ensure it complies with the Planning Act 2016, State Planning Policies, South East Queensland Regional Plan and other State interests.

The draft New Noosa Plan was first released for public consultation from 18 February – 20 May 2019. Following the 2nd round of consultation that ended in November 2019, Council received over 1500 submissions as part the plan making process  and have revised the draft plan as a result. 

A consultation report has been prepared which provides a summary of submissions received and how they have been considered to help shape the New Noosa Plan.  A copy of the consultation report can be found at this LINK or available to view at Council Offices and Libraries.

To view the online version (EPLAN) of the Draft New Noosa Plan that was endorsed by Council in December 2019 to request adoption by the Minister for State Development , Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning,  please refer to this LINK.  

The Minister wrote to Council on February 18 to advise that he’d approved the planning scheme on the basis that Council had met its requirements in accordance with the Planning Act 2016, and that Council could proceed to adopt the scheme subject to  conditions.

The conditions of the Ministerial approval included:

  • Adding more guidance for the development of the Shire Business Centre within 12 months of adopting the scheme.
  • Finalise Council’s Coastal Hazards Adaptation Plan funded by the State Government and incorporate information into the scheme within 12 months of adopting the scheme.
  • Monitor the provisions relating to short term accommodation, tourism and housing supply over a 2 year period and determine whether any changes are required after that time and provide a report to the Minister. The Ministerial conditions didn’t require any changes to the draft scheme before adoption.
  • Some technical changes to ensure consistency with various State Codes.
  • Make some minor changes to the Bushfire Hazard overlay map.
  • Amend the Biodiversity, Waterways and Wetlands overlay to better align with state instruments.
  • Amend the scheme’s provisions for social and community housing to change Council’s proposal to require social and community housing and instead, make the provision of social and community housing discretionary.
  • Change our koala mapping to reflect the State’s koala mapping.

Council particularly needed time to consider these last two conditions more thoroughly. With the caretaker period looming, the Minister’s approval didn’t allow sufficient time for this to happen and have Council adopt the scheme.  

Once the outstanding matters are dealt with, the New Noosa Plan will come before the new council, after the Local Government election.