Draft - New Noosa Plan

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The New Noosa Plan - Consultation closed


The draft New Noosa Plan was first released for public consultation from 18 February – 20 May 2019. In response to submissions, a number of changes are now proposed that are considered “significant” under the Planning Act 2016 in terms of effect on land use outcomes and assessment requirements for certain types of development.

Following a second round of consultation from September - November, a consultation report was prepared which provided a summary of submissions received and how they have been considered to help shape the New Noosa Plan. To view the online version EPLAN of the Draft


The draft New Noosa Plan was first released for public consultation from 18 February – 20 May 2019. In response to submissions, a number of changes are now proposed that are considered “significant” under the Planning Act 2016 in terms of effect on land use outcomes and assessment requirements for certain types of development.

Following a second round of consultation from September - November, a consultation report was prepared which provided a summary of submissions received and how they have been considered to help shape the New Noosa Plan. To view the online version EPLAN of the Draft New Noosa Plan that was endorsed by Council in December 2019 to request adoption by the Minister for State Development , Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, please refer to this link.

The Minister approved the New Noosa Plan in February 2020 on the basis that Council had met its requirements in accordance with the Planning Act 2016, and that Council could proceed to adopt the scheme 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.

One of the priorities for the newly elected Noosa Council will be to adopt the new New Noosa Plan following the sign off by the State Government Minister for Planning. Further details will be published once this process has concluded.

  • New Noosa Plan changes to go back out to community

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    9 months ago
    16 September 2019

    A number of key changes in response to community feedback to the New Noosa Plan has gone back out to community consultation today (Monday September 16), as Noosa Council looks to finalise the proposed scheme.

    Council received 938 submissions on the draft planning scheme during community consultation earlier this year.

    At last Thursday’s Special Meeting, councillors agreed on a number of significant changes, relating to short-term accommodation, where the tourist accommodation zone applies and also changes in response to individual submissions on zones and overlays.
    Some of the proposed changes are also intended to better accommodate start-up...

    16 September 2019

    A number of key changes in response to community feedback to the New Noosa Plan has gone back out to community consultation today (Monday September 16), as Noosa Council looks to finalise the proposed scheme.

    Council received 938 submissions on the draft planning scheme during community consultation earlier this year.

    At last Thursday’s Special Meeting, councillors agreed on a number of significant changes, relating to short-term accommodation, where the tourist accommodation zone applies and also changes in response to individual submissions on zones and overlays.
    Some of the proposed changes are also intended to better accommodate start-up and enterprising business models in industrial areas and to encourage creatives and makers to locate their business in these areas.

    “We have listened to the feedback, carefully analysed the submissions and made changes in response to these submissions,” Mayor Tony Wellington said.
    Cr Wellington said councillors had gained a better understanding of the community’s view on a range of planning scheme issues and were grateful for the input.

    “We’re so lucky to live in a community that is so engaged and interested in arcane matters such as planning. Many local governments struggle to get input from their community, whereas our planners were almost run off their feet during the previous consultation process.”

    “We extensively consulted with our community prior to the draft scheme being drafted and going out for public consultation. During the consultation process earlier in the year, we also spent a considerable amount of time liaising with industry and resident representative groups. In particular, we have held numerous meetings with representatives about the issues relating to the short stay industry.

    “We now encourage residents to consider the new changes and provide their feedback via the Your Say Noosa website,” he said.

    “We are not consulting on the whole scheme, but rather on the significant changes being made in response to the feedback received. Thus there is no need for most people to make another submission, unless it relates specifically to the significant changes that are now being proposed,” the Mayor said.
    Cr Wellington said all submissions received previously remained active and will continue to inform the final plan.

    This new consultation period runs for 40 days, ending November 11, 2019.
    Residents can talk to a planner during the week from 9am to 2pm or view information at yoursay.noosa.qld.gov.au
  • Proposed local law to work with new planning scheme to better manage short-stay accommodation

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    9 months ago
    16 September 2019
    Council has proposed a new local law to set clear guidelines for the use and management of short-stay accommodation.

    The new local law is proposed to complement changes to the most recent draft of the New Noosa Plan, currently out for public comment.

    Council has considered the draft local law and sent it off to the State Government for review, prior to putting it out for public feedback next month.

    Mayor Tony Wellington said the proposal to introduce a local law to help manage the issues associated with short-term letting was in response to hundreds of submissions...

    16 September 2019
    Council has proposed a new local law to set clear guidelines for the use and management of short-stay accommodation.

    The new local law is proposed to complement changes to the most recent draft of the New Noosa Plan, currently out for public comment.

    Council has considered the draft local law and sent it off to the State Government for review, prior to putting it out for public feedback next month.

    Mayor Tony Wellington said the proposal to introduce a local law to help manage the issues associated with short-term letting was in response to hundreds of submissions received during the initial public consultation for the New Noosa Plan.

    “We have clearly listened to the feedback. This local law, incorporating a code of conduct for guests, endeavours to strike a balance between the rights of local residents and those wishing to use short stay accommodation.”

    The draft local law proposes to regulate the number of people who stay on-site. It will ensure a local contact person is available within 20 minutes of the property to manage issues associated with guests and that parked cars and rubbish bins do not interfere with use of a road or footpath.

    The proposed laws also prevent party houses.

    There will be an annual registration fee under the local law for short-stay accommodation, waived for the first 6 months.

    Most houses that have been short term let for some time will have existing use rights. This means no planning approval is required for those already letting out their properties. However, when the new plan comes in, any new properties proposed to be used regularly for short term letting will require planning approval under the New Noosa Plan and registration under the local law.

    Cr Wellington said the aim was to minimise the impacts of short-term accommodation on residents, which was a key source of complaints to Council.

    “The proposed local law will go some way toward Council being able to manage these issues,” the Mayor said. “Whilst we accept that there are existing use rights for those who have been letting entire properties for short-stay accommodation, changes to the planning scheme also aim to protect housing stock for residents, particularly ensuring there are long-term rental properties in the low-density residential zone.”

    “Importantly, the proposed new local law will only apply to properties that are short-term let without an on-site manager. The local law does not apply where a person lives onsite and rents out a room or two in their own house, nor where a home-owner rents their own home for a short period whilst away, nor where the accommodation is within a managed resort.”

    “Essentially, the new rules are intended to improve the level of management of properties that are being regularly let, but do not have someone onsite to manage the guests. It thus aims to minimise the impacts on surrounding neighbours.

    “Short term rental accommodation plays a pivotal role in generating tourism revenue for Noosa, which has flow-on benefits for local businesses. But we need to be mindful that this type of accommodation can also impact on the amenity of an area, particularly residential neighbourhoods.

    “This is an issue we need to monitor, and this proposed local law will help us do that. Requiring any new un-hosted properties to gain planning approval will also help us regulate this type of land use.”
    Council has worked with local representatives from the property industry to develop the local law and code of conduct.

    “The input and advice from this group, particularly letting agents, has been invaluable,” Mayor Wellington said.

    The proposed changes to the New Noosa Plan to make only new short-stay properties require planning approval is out for public feedback until 11 November and the draft local law will go to public consultation next month following State Government review.

    Residents and property owners are encouraged to have their say via the yoursay.noosa.qld.gov.au website or by contacting the Strategic Planning team on 5329 6360.