Fraser Coast Planning Scheme

The Fraser Coast Planning Scheme 2014 is the official document for development and planning for the Fraser Coast Region.The Fraser Coast Planning Scheme 2014 sets out Councils intention for development to 2031.  

The planning scheme and its policies were adopted by Council on the following dates;

  • Adopted by Council on Wednesday, 22 January 2014
  • Formally gazetted on the 24 January 2014
  • Officially commenced on the 28 January 2014.  

View the Fraser Coast Planning Scheme 2014 through ePlan 

Fraser Coast Planning Scheme 2014

ePlan is a searchable and up-to-date electronic version of the planning scheme that will allow you to:

  • View and search the entire planning scheme based on any word
  • View zone, overlay, and local plan maps for a selected locality or across the region
  • View planning scheme amendments

Hard copies and PDF copies of the Fraser Coast Planning Scheme are available on USB or CD and can be purchase at the Hervey Bay and Maryborough Customer Service Centres

Economic Recovery Initiative

The Queensland planning framework plays an essential role in assisting Queensland’s economic recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. To support economic recovery, the Queensland Government recently released changes for low risk, economic value-adding uses that could reasonably be expected in certain zones.

The changes support businesses starting up or recommencing by streamlining certain types of development by:

  • Making certain low-risk uses code assessment;
  • Making certain building work accepted development; and
  • Making certain low-risk uses where involving an existing building (including home-based businesses), accepted development.

The current Fraser Coast Planning Scheme already provides many instances where development can occur without the need for obtaining a development approval, or only requires a ‘low level’ type of development application.  As such, the current Fraser Coast Scheme is already extremely business friendly.
Council ‘opted in’ to a number of additional lowered levels of assessment by adopting an ‘Economic Support Instrument’ on 29 October, 2020, to rapidly respond to and support Fraser Coast’s economic recovery to COVID-19. The instrument will remain in place until 17 September 2022, unless Council resolves to revoke the changes.

Relevant documents can be viewed via the links below.

Fraser Coast Economic Support Instrument   Adoption Notice   FACT SHEET

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Rooming Accommodation

On 2 December 2022, changes to the Planning Regulation 2017 came into effect. The new requirements override some of the planning scheme provisions in relation to Material Change of Use developments that involve Rooming Accommodation. The legislation is available here:

Walkable Neighbourhoods

The State Government has released new mandatory requirements for Walkable Neighbourhoods, which came into effect 28 September 2020.

New residential subdivisions are now required to be assessed against benchmarks relating to:

  • Connectivity
  • Block lengths
  • Footpaths
  • Park or open space
  • Street trees

Council are in the process of determining how to deal with the changes to the Legislation and updates will be provided in the future.

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