4077ENV: Week 2 Study Guide Glossary of planning and Development Terms

  1. Activity centre
    Places suitable for intensive commercial, residential and retail development under the SEQ Regional Plan e.g Garden City at Upper Mount Gravatt. Activity centres will generally have good existing infrastructure.
  2. Assessable development
    Development that must be assessed and approved under the SPA before it can proceed. Assessable development may be code or impact assessable development.
  3. Assessment levels
    Different types of development may be categorised – normally by a local planning scheme - as exempt development; self-assessable development; development requiring compliance assessment; assessable development (requiring code or impact assessment) or prohibited development. These categorisations determine how, if at all, new development proposals will be assessed.
  4. Assessment manager
    The body responsible for processing development applications – normally the applicable local government.
  5. Call-in
    The Minister has the power to call in, manage and decide (or re-decide) a development application involving a State interest (instead of the normal assessment manager) at any time during IDAS.
  6. Code assessable development
    Types of development (or use), normally identified in a local planning scheme, that will need to be assessed against the codes in a planning scheme and other matters stated in s 313.
  7. Compliance assessment
    An assessment of a development application - or associated work – against technical standards contained in a regulation, planning instrument or development permit. Compliance assessment may lead to the grant of a compliance permit or a compliance certificate. See the SPA, s.393
  8. Codes
    Codes provide specific criteria for assessing development. They may relate to specific zones, local plans or overlays or they may apply across the whole planning scheme with respect to certain types of development or impact eg biodiversity, acid sulphate soils. All codes contain a purpose and performance criteria (or overall outcomes) specifying how the purpose of the Code will be achieved.
  9. Core matter
    The fundamental issues for planning schemes – land-use and development; infrastructure and valuable features (all terms defined in the Act). See SPA, s.89.
  10. Decision rules
    The statutory criteria by which development applications are assessed. See, for example, s.314 of the SPA.
  11. Deemed approvals
    Some code assessable applications will be deemed approved under s 331 if the assessment manager does not decide an application within the decision-making period and the applicant gives a written deemed approval notice to the assessment manager. Deemed approvals are a new feature in the SPA. Previously, undecided applications would be deemed refused.
  12. Designated development
    Land identified as the site for future community infrastructure in a local planning scheme. Governed by chapter 5 (Designation of land) of the SPA.
  13. Designated region
    Local government areas identified as a region for the purposes of regional planning under chapter 2 (part 3) of the SPA.
  14. Desired environmental outcome (DEOs)
    The desired environmental outcomes (including social, economic and environmental goals) identified in an IPA planning scheme.
  15. Development
    A specific statutory term which describes the types of activity (or use) that are subject to regulation by the SPA and planning instruments. The SPA, s.7, defines development as - carrying out building work; or plumbing or drainage work; or operational work; or reconfiguring a lot; or making a material change of use. These are all terms defined by the Act (s.10) that we will look at in more detail in module 4.
  16. Development approval
    A development approval results from an assessment under IDAS and takes the form of either a development permit or a preliminary approval.
  17. Exempt development
    Development that is not identified, in any applicable planning instrument, as self-assessable development; development requiring compliance assessment; assessable development; or prohibited development, is exempt development and does not require a development permit. See the SPA, ss 231 & 235.
  18. Existing use
    An activity (use) that was lawfully in existence on land prior to a new planning instrument coming into operation.
  19. Green field development
    New development on land not previously subject to development.
  20. IDAS
    The Integrated Development Assessment System Queensland’s procedural framework for assessing development applications under the SPA.
  21. Impact assessable development
    Types of development (or use), normally identified in a local planning scheme, that will require impact assessment and a development approval before it can proceed. Applications for Impact assessable development will be advertised to the public (unlike applications for code assessable development).
  22. Infrastructure charges plan
    A plan or policy stating how charges for new infrastructure in a planning scheme area will be charged. Local governments may draft their own following departmental guidelines or adopt a standard Regulated infrastructure charges schedule (drafted by the State). Infrastructure charging is governed by chapter 8 of the SPA.
  23. Injurious affection
    The economic loss suffered by a landowner when a new planning scheme is made which further restricts the future development potential of the land.
  24. Local plans
    A plan showing detailed local planning for a suburb or group of suburbs and included in a planning scheme.
  25. Material change of use
    The start of a new use of the premises; or the re-establishment of a use that has been abandoned on that premises; or a material increase in the intensity or scale of the use of the premises. See SPA, s.10
  26. Master plan
    More detailed planning for a master planned area governed by a structure plan. See further, Planning Partnerships, in the SPA chapter 4.
  27. Master planned areas
    Areas subject to integrated land use and infrastructure planning. Governed by SPA, chapter 4 (Planning Partnerships).
  28. Measure (in a planning scheme)
    Means of achieving the strategic outcomes sought in a planning scheme. Measures include - zones, codes, local plans and overlays. for further guidance see the Queensland Planning Provisions, Parts 5-9
  29. Overlay
    Spatial areas that reflect distinct themes identified in the planning scheme, e.g. land sensitive to the effects of development; valuable resources etc. (QPPs, part 8)
  30. Performance based planning (PBP)
    The phrase used to denote a shift away from prescriptive planning towards more flexible schemes where outcomes are fixed but their means of achievement are discretionary.
  31. Planning partnerships (master planning)
    Local and State governments acting together to plan land use and infrastructure development for large, new, development sites following the procedures in chapter 4 of the SPA.
  32. Priority infrastructure plan
    The part of the planning scheme which shows the medium - long term plan for new infrastructure development.
  33. Prohibited development
    A state planning instrument may prohibit certain types of development.
  34. Queensland Planning Provisions (QPPs) [or Standard Planning Provisions]
    The document made to provide a more standard format, content and terms for all local planning planning schemes in Queensland.
  35. Referral agency
    The entities identified in the SP Regulation 2009, as entitled to comment on specific aspects of a development application during IDAS. a concurance referral agency may set conditions or require a refusal. An advice referral agency may only advise on an application. Referral agencies are usually State entities.
  36. Regional landscape and rural production area
    Land in the SEQ Regional Plan dedicated for non-urban purposes.
  37. Regulated infrastructure charges plan
    The standard infrastructure charges plan made by State government which local governments may adopt if they wish.
  38. Rural living area
    Areas currently designate rural residential where further rural residential infill and development is permitted under the SEQ Regional Plan (see p.16).
  39. Section 242 - Preliminary approvals
    A preliminary approval approves a development application but does not allow that development to commence (until a development permit has been applied for and granted). A s242 preliminary approval may vary the effect of a local planning instrument for the land covered by the approval.
  40. Self-assessable development
    Development that is categorised as self-assessable development does not require a development permit but must comply with any applicable codes - in the local planning scheme for instance.
  41. State interest
    An interest that, in the Minister's opinion, affects an economic or environmental interest of the State or a part of the State, including sustainable development; or an interest the Minister considers affects the interest of ensuring there is an efficient, effective and accountable planning and development assessment system. (SPA Schedule 3)
  42. State interest review
    The stage during the preparation of local planning instruments when draft instruments are checked by State departments for consistency with their own plans for development in the planning scheme area.
  43. Strategic outcome / strategic framework
    Statement of the overall outcomes a local planning instrument is seeking to achieve. In QPP compliant planning schemes, the statement of strategic outcomes will be supported by a strategic framework, elements, specific outcomes and land use strategies. See the QPPs, part 3.
  44. Structure plan
    The thematic plan for a master planned area - governed by the SPA, chapter 4 (Planning Partnerships).
  45. Superseded planning schemes
    The planning scheme that was in force immediately before a new or amended planning scheme is adopted.
  46. Urban footprint
    The areas in the SEQ Regional Plan dedicated for urban uses and development.
  47. Zones (Area)
    Categories of built and rural environments used to describe the existing land use and desired future form of discrete areas in the local planning scheme. See further part 6 of the QPPs.
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