Environmental Law Australia

Development assessment in Queensland lecture 2015

This is the second of three lectures on the planning system in Queensland, Australia.

It examines the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (Qld) (SPA) in the context of a proposal to demolish heritage buildings in Warwick for a shopping centre.

This lecture introduces you to condition-making powers and the complex terms that need to be understood to navigate the IDAS system, such as “material change of use” (MCU) and “reconfiguration of a lot” (RoL).

Two handouts referred to in the lecture are available at the following links:

In summary, the take-home points made in this lecture are:

  1. IDAS is a complicated and intricate process but if you work through it systematically you can identify the requirements for different applications and determine whether they are likely to be successful in obtaining approval.
  2. What constitutes a “use” of land is a particularly important concept to understand.
  3. Conditions are an important mechanism used to control the adverse impacts of development that is approved through most planning systems (including IDAS).

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