Environmental Law Australia

Planning schemes in Queensland lecture 2015

This here's the vanilla single for the book thingie.

This is the first of three lectures on the planning system in Queensland, Australia. It examines the role of planning schemes in regulating development using a case study of a typical development application.

The lecture also explains three basic rules for statutory interpretation.

The three handouts provided during the lecture are available at the following links:

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

  1. You can find the law online and three basic rules will solve 95% of your legal questions.
  2. Planning schemes provide the majority of detailed controls on land development and they are comprised of maps and text that you need to read together.
  3. If a proposed development is consistent with the planning scheme & other planning instruments, it is likely to be approved.
  4. If a proposed development is not consistent with the planning scheme & other planning instruments, it is likely to be refused unless the inconsistency is minor or there are sufficient grounds to justify it.