Development red tape scaled back in Queensland

Development red tape scaled back in Queensland

Posted on Friday, August 10 2012 at 2:30 PM

New amendments have come into effect in Queensland that aim to cut red tape and provide time and cost savings for development approval applicants.

Changes to the Sustainable Planning
Regulation will scrap a number of triggers requiring the referral of
development applications to state agencies.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State
Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney says the amendments will
result in 1500 fewer referrals each year.

“These referrals were mostly for agencies
to provide advice only, and were adding to the regulatory and cost burden for
applicants (and) councils,” Seeney says.

Referral triggers to be removed include:

  • Advice
    referrals for conservation estate areas, cultural heritage premises, and
  • Advice
    referral for premises affected by acid sulfate soils
  • Concurrence
    referral for particular applications for preliminary approval
  • Concurrence
    referrals for purposes of community uses, places of worship, and
    education-care service premises-child care centres.

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