What is Town Planning?
Town Planning involves both control of existing and new development, and "strategic planning" to ensure our resources are carefully managed to match our future needs and expectations.
Planning is a dynamic process that is constantly evolving in response to changes within the community.
Town Planners develop strategies and design the communities in which we live, work and play. Balancing the built and natural environment, community needs, cultural significance, and economic sustainability, planners aim to improve our quality of life and create vibrant communities.
As cities and town continue to grow in terms of size and population, planners are in increasing demand to manage these changes.
They frequently work with other professionals such as engineers, architects, building surveyors, economists, developers, politicians, scientists and environmental scientists.
Planning & Development Online
PD Online provides customers with the ability to track the progress of development applications from lodgement through to determination. This online tool enables you to search, view and print property information, mapping and the district planning schemes.
Viewing Planning Applications at Customer Service Centres
All planning applications that have not yet reached the end of their appeal period are available to be viewed electronically via a computer located at the Caboolture, Redcliffe and Strathpine Customer Serivce Centres.
If the appeal period has finished for a development application, a request to view the file via a Right to Information (RTI) application must be completed.
Availability of Planning Officers at District Offices
A Planning Officer is available at the Strathpine District Office every second Tuesday, and at the Redcliffe District Office every second Wednesday to assist with development application or town planning enquiries. Customers are encouraged to make an appointment prior to the day to ensure that the Planning Officer is available at their desired time.
Planning Officers are also available at the Caboolture District Office during business hours to assist with town planning enquiries for all districts within the MBRC region. Alternatively you can phone Council on (07) 3205 0555 (business hours).
Written planning advice
Written planning advice can be requested for a number of reasons, including:
- Confirmation of the zoning of a property or applicable overlays;
- Confirmation of the existing use of the promises;
- To confirm if a use can be continued for the premises.
Written confirmation is often required by Queensland Government for the application or renewal of a liquor licence, motor-vehicle dealership and licence to keep firearms on premises, for example.
A request for written planning advice must be provided in writing, along with the relevant fee.
If confirmation in writing is required regarding whether a planning applciation is self assessable against the relevant planning scheme, a 'Self Assessable compliance check application' is required to be completed and submitted to Council along with the relevant fee.