Planning Scheme and supporting information

Planning scheme amendments and recent projects

Planning Scheme Amendments

Planning Scheme Amendment No.5 (Major Amendment)

At its meeting held 21 August 2018, Council resolved to make a major amendment to the Bundaberg Regional Council Planning Scheme and supporting Planning Scheme Policies. This proposed amendment to the Bundaberg Regional Council Planning Scheme 2015 (planning scheme) was made available for public consultation from Monday, 16 September 2019 to Monday, 21 October 2019.

This amendment proposes ongoing improvements to the operation and efficiency of the planning scheme, and other changes to guide future growth and development in the Bundaberg Region.

This amendment includes:

  • minor changes to codes and levels of assessment to reflect desired intent and community expectations, including for Secondary dwellings and Dual occupancy development;
  • zoning changes to recognise current land use, future development intent and correct errors;
  • local planning for the Burnett Heads town centre, the Kalkie-Ashfield local development area, and part of Bargara (between Hughes and Seaview Roads);
  • changes to address State interests, including regulated requirements and the Bundaberg State Development Area;
  • changes to overlays, and the inclusion of additional local heritage places;
  • other changes to improve the operation and efficiency of the planning scheme.

While public notification has now closed, the proposed amendment and explanatory material can be viewed here.

Mon Repos Marine Turtle Amendment (Qualified State Interest Amendment)

This proposed amendment to the Bundaberg Regional Council Planning Scheme 2015 (planning scheme) was made available for public consultation from Monday, 16 September 2019 to Monday, 21 October 2019.

This amendment proposes to provide a greater level of protection for the Mon Repos Conservation Park and sea turtles from the effects of urban development.

The amendment provides a longer-term policy response to the ministerial direction notice given to Council on 19 February 2017, and the interim controls put in place through Temporary Local Planning Instrument 1/2018 (Protection of the Mon Repos Turtle Conservation Area).

This amendment includes:

  • A sea turtle sensitive area overlay code to ensure assessable development in coastal areas avoids adverse impacts on sea turtles, including impacts from artificial lighting;
  • zoning changes to include land at Shelley Street, Burnett Heads (currently included in the Emerging community zone) in the Rural residential zone – Precinct RRZ1 (2000m2 minimum lot size area);
  • changes to other parts of the planning scheme, including the Advertising devices code and Nuisance code.

While public notification has now closed, the proposed amendment and explanatory material can be viewed here.

Recent Projects

Burnett Heads Town Centre Local Plan

Burnett Heads and the Port of Bundaberg are expected to experience significant growth over the next 10 to 20 years as the potential of the locality becomes a reality.

With the construction of the $71 million Knauf plasterboard plant and the recently declared State Development Area at the Port, there is immense potential for development at Burnett Heads.

Following these developments, Council expects that the town centre of Burnett Heads will come under development pressure as developers and land owners look to take advantage of surrounding economic development.  To guide this development and ensure it is appropriate for Burnett Heads, Council has prepared a local plan. 

Throughout April 2017, Council undertook public consultation within the Burnett Heads community. Following consideration of submissions, Council made some changes to the local plan.  The local plan was adopted by Council at its meeting held 10 October 2017. 

Council, in partnership with both the Australian Government under the Building Better Regions Fund and the Queensland Government under the Building our Regions Fund, delivered the Burnett Heads Town Centre Redevelopment. The construction tender was awarded to Development Construction Pty Ltd (DEVCON).

In October 2018, the Burnett Heads Town Centre Redevelopment reached practical completion as a key component in the implementation of the Burnett Heads Town Centre Local Plan.

View Burnett Heads Town Centre Local Plan


Bundaberg Riverside Masterplan

The Bundaberg Regional Council, in partnership with the Queensland Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDIP), developed the Bundaberg Riverside Masterplan.

In 2014, Council undertook public consultation for the Bundaberg CBD streetscape revitalisation project. Feedback from this consultation outlined the potential for improved use of land along Quay Street and the town reach of the Burnett River, with better connections back to the Bundaberg CBD.

The Riverside Master Plan study area (the Riverside) extends along a 2km stretch of land bound by the Burnett River to the north, properties fronting Quay Street to the south, Tallon Bridge to the west, and Bundaberg Creek to the east.

Early consultation was undertaken with Council, State Government Departments, landowners and the general public in March 2015, asking for ideas and direction. This initial feedback helped develop a draft Bundaberg Riverside Masterplan which went through further community consultation in July 2015.

The Bundaberg Riverside Masterplan vision has been centred around three core principles to Activate, Connect and Create an iconic riverside. The master plan seeks to achieve this vision through the concept design and recommendations that support the transformation of the riverside as a vibrant valued asset within the Bundaberg CBD and broader region.

To achieve this vision, Council will be working with the State Government to investigate opportunities to attract investment to the riverside through recreational, cultural and tourism activities. Other opportunities to attract investment include enhancing pedestrian and cycle connectivity between the riverside and the CBD and considering options for traffic volumes along Quay Street, including reducing freight traffic and through traffic speeds.

View Bundaberg Riverside Masterplan

View Bundaberg Riverside Masterplan – Market Sounding and Assessment Report

Hughes Road/Seaview Road Masterplan

On 2 February 2016, Council adopted the Planning Scheme Policy for the Hughes Seaview Bargara Masterplan area which sits within the Bundaberg Regional Council Planning Scheme.  This policy took effect on 15 February 2016. 

The Policy has been prepared to support and guide development within the area bounded by Hughes Road, Seaview Road, Bargara Road, and Watsons Road, Bargara.

View Planning Scheme Policy for the Hughes Seaview Bargara Masterplan area

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