The Central Highlands Regional Council Planning Scheme 2016 is a living and evolving document that regulates the way land, buildings and structures are used and developed in the Central Highlands to make sure the right development happens in the right locations. It also helps plan for infrastructure to support growth and create a more diversified economy while continuing to protect our regions values and way of life. The Planning Scheme is driven by community aspirations and reflects ongoing engagement with stakeholders to enable continuous improvement.
The Central Highlands Regional Council Planning Scheme 2016, adopted by Council on 24 February 2016, supersedes the four Planning Schemes and associated planning scheme policies of the former Emerald, Duaringa, Bauhinia and Peak Downs Shires. The Central Highlands Planning Scheme 2016 does not apply to the priority development areas of Blackwater and Blackwater East. Development in these areas is managed by Economic Development Queensland.
The current version of the planning scheme is Amendment No. 6 which commenced 16 May 2022. You can access this version of the scheme here. Superseded versions of the Central Highlands Regional Council Planning Scheme 2016 can be found by following this link.
Council still also holds copies of the former shire planning schemes for each of the previous shires. Please note that these planning schemes are no longer applicable for strategic planning and development assessment purposes as they were replaced by the Central Highlands Regional Council Planning Scheme 2016.
Amendments to the planning scheme are made regularly. Planning scheme users are encouraged to regularly check for such amendments.