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Rural Residential Land Strategy Rural Residential Land Strategy

Council has received numerous requests to consider rural residential style subdivisions outside the rural residential zoned areas following the adoption and implementation of the Fraser Coast Planning Scheme 2014 on the 28 January 2014.  It has been suggested there is a shortage of rural residential land in the region.

Council is committed to continuously improving the Fraser Coast Planning Scheme 2014; however, a robust strategy for decision making and policy change is required prior to decisions allowing the expansion of rural residential areas.  

On 28 February 2018, Council resolved to prepare a comprehensive Rural Residential Land Strategy suitable for supporting decision making and potential planning scheme amendments.

Project overview

What is the project about? 

Council has engaged consultants to prepare a rural residential strategy to understand the Fraser Coast’s supply of and demand for rural residential land. 

The strategy will seek to identify appropriate policy responses to address specific requirements to support the community’s preferences for residential lifestyle and living environments. This will ensure the community continues to have access to a range of desirable housing options and environments.

Council is also seeking to understand  home-based business opportunities unique to rural residential land or representative of an emerging market in the Fraser Coast.

The strategy will ensure future rural residential development:

  • responds to a quantified and qualified need; 
  • minimises the cost of providing and maintaining infrastructure;
  • does not compromise the future of Hervey Bay's urban expansion and avoids urban infrastructure full serviced areas; 
  • avoids compromising matters of state and local interest including good quality agricultural land, key resource areas and areas of environmental significance; and
  • provides diverse lifestyle and economic opportunities, particularly in proximity to the Hervey Bay urban area and within existing rural residential areas.

The strategy will involve:

  • detailed supply and demand analysis based on 2016 census data and market information;
  • review of desired densities for existing and proposed rural residential areas to facilitate infill development opportunities;
  • consultation with the community and the development industry; and
  • consultation with the state government. 

Project timeframes

It is anticipated the development of the strategy will take approximately 6-8 months. 

Amendments to the Fraser Coast Planning Scheme 2014 will also be required to deliver the recommendations of the endorsed strategy.  Planning scheme amendments can take a further 6-18 months to complete. 

Until amendments to the planning scheme are adopted, the current planning scheme provisions will continue to apply.


Stage   Indicative timeframe
1 Project inception and development of Project Plan and Community and Consultation Plan Week 1

Qualitative and quantitative data collection

  • Task 1 - Background review
  • Task 2 - Economic supply and demand analysis
  • Task 3 - GIS based constraints and opportunities analysis
  • Task 4 - Community and industry engagement
Week 1-8

Draft Rural Residential Land Strategy

  • Council / Councillor briefing on draft
  • State Government workshop - DSDMIP
Week 8-18
4 Public notification of Draft Rural Residential Land Strategy and community engagement Week 18-24
5 Final deliverable - Rural Residential Land Strategy document and consultation summary report, detailing - approach, participants, key outcomes and project implications Week 24-28


Have your say

Community and stakeholder engagemen was undertaken early in the project to capture important views and inputs.  Once the draft strategy has been prepared, further engagement will be undertaken to obtain feedback and inform the strategy’s finalisation.  

Council also welcomes your suggestions at any time and you can provide this feedback via email

What is Rural Residential Land?

Development in identified rural residential areas is characterised by very low-density housing providing residents with an acreage lifestyle choice and high level of amenity.  Rural activities are generally limited to small-scale activities that do not impact on the rural residential amenity of the area. Sewerage infrastructure and/or water supply are predominantly provided on-site.  

The individual character of different rural residential zoned areas is maintained through the application of the following minimum lot sizes:

  • 2 hectare unless located in a precinct;
  • 4000m² if located in precinct RR1; or
  • 1 hectare if located in Precinct RR2.

The planning scheme maps below show rural residential zoned areas in dark brown:

Interactive zoning mapping is also available by clicking here

Contact us Contact us

For enquiries and suggestions regarding the project please contact Council’s Strategic Planning Unit via email or phone 1300 79 49 29.