Noosa Plan 2020 endorsed

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Noosa Plan 2020


Noosa Plan 2020

At its meeting on 16 July 2020, Noosa Council adopted a new planning scheme for the whole Noosa Shire, Noosa Plan 2020.

Noosa Plan 2020 was gazetted and came into effect on 31 July 2020.

Noosa Plan 2020 replaces the former planning scheme, The Noosa Plan 2006.


What does Noosa Plan 2020 do ?

Noosa Plan 2020 strives to protect the look and feel of Noosa while providing a blueprint to shape the shire’s growth over the next 20 years. Noosa Plan 2020 is the culmination of several years of engaging with the community.

Noosa Plan 2020


Noosa Plan 2020

At its meeting on 16 July 2020, Noosa Council adopted a new planning scheme for the whole Noosa Shire, Noosa Plan 2020.

Noosa Plan 2020 was gazetted and came into effect on 31 July 2020.

Noosa Plan 2020 replaces the former planning scheme, The Noosa Plan 2006.


What does Noosa Plan 2020 do ?

Noosa Plan 2020 strives to protect the look and feel of Noosa while providing a blueprint to shape the shire’s growth over the next 20 years. Noosa Plan 2020 is the culmination of several years of engaging with the community.

Noosa Plan 2020 considers how we will live, work and play in the future by facilitating more housing and business choices, supporting future transport needs, providing opportunities for rural enterprises and maintaining the character and environment of Noosa Shire.

Noosa Plan 2020 sets the requirements for development including new or changing land uses, subdivision, building works, landscaping and clearing of vegetation and all forms of engineering works.

How was Noosa Plan 2020 developed ?

The draft Noosa Plan 2020 was first released for public consultation from 18 February – 20 May 2019. Following review of submission a revised version of the draft Plan was further released for public consultation in November 2019.

Council considered over 1500 submissions as part the plan making process. A consultation report was prepared providing a summary of submissions and how they were considered. A copy of the consultation report can be found at this LINK or available to view at Council Offices and Libraries.

The draft Plan underwent rigorous review by the State Government to ensure it complied with the Planning Act 2016, State Planning Policies, South East Queensland Regional Plan and other State interests.

The draft Plan was endorsed by Council in December 2019 and the Minister approved the draft Plan for Council adoption in February 2020 subject to conditions.

The conditions of the Ministerial approval included:

• Adding more guidance for the development of the Shire Business Centre within 12 months of adopting the scheme.

• Finalise Council’s Coastal Hazards Adaptation Plan funded by the State Government and incorporate information into the scheme within 12 months of adopting the scheme.

• Monitor the provisions relating to short term accommodation, tourism and housing supply over a 2 year period and determine whether any changes are required after that time and provide a report to the Minister. The Ministerial conditions didn’t require any changes to the draft scheme before adoption.

• Some technical changes to ensure consistency with various State Codes.

• Make some minor changes to the Bushfire Hazard overlay map.

• Amend the Biodiversity, Waterways and Wetlands overlay to better align with state instruments.

• Amend the scheme’s provisions for social and community housing to change Council’s proposal to require social and community housing and instead, make the provision of social and community housing discretionary.

• Change our koala mapping to reflect the State’s koala mapping.


  • Noosa Plan 2020 endorsed by Council and effective from 31 July 2020

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    30 Jul 2020
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    Noosa has a new planning blueprint for the future with Council formally adopting the New Noosa Plan 2020. “This is a significant milestone for our community and one that has certainly generated plenty of interest,” Mayor Clare Stewart said.

    The New Noosa Plan 2020 has been a complete re-write of the 2006 Planning Scheme under new legislation. It’s had extensive community input, review and feedback from various State agencies, including the Minister for Planning, State Development, Manufacturing and Infrastructure.

    Council received Ministerial sign off on the Plan in February this year, subject to a number of conditions.

    Changes were required to update mapping to reflect the latest state mapping of koala habitat and bushfire risk, and to ensure consistency with the Planning Act.

    For full details please refer to Council's Noosa Plan 2020 webpage.