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:
- You can find the law online and three basic rules will solve 95% of your legal questions.
- 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.
- If a proposed development is consistent with the planning scheme & other planning instruments, it is likely to be approved.
- 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.