The New Noosa Plan

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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. A discussion paper in October 2016 provided community feedback and that information has helped prepare the New Noosa Plan.

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. In response to submissions, a number of changes are now proposed that are considered “significant” under the Planning Act 2016 in terms of effect on land use outcomes and assessment requirements for certain types of development.

At Noosa Council’s Special Meeting on 12 September 2019, Council endorsed changes to the draft New Noosa Plan that are considered “significantly different” to the previous version of the planning scheme advertised as specified for in the Planning Act 2016.

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. 

As required by the State Government, the New Noosa Plan will differ from the existing Noosa Plan with changes to the structure, zones and land use definitions in particular. When it is finally adopted by council the New Noosa Plan will reflect several years of work, including input from the community and State government.

The Draft New Noosa Plan was endorsed by the Council on 11 December 2019 and has been forwarded to the State Government for final State Ministerial sign off and gazettal in early 2020.