Rockhampton Region Planning Scheme

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The Rockhampton Region Planning Scheme commenced on Monday 24 August 2015. The Planning Scheme is Council’s most important tool for guiding the Region’s future growth and development. Prepared to provide a consistent approach to land use planning throughout the region the Rockhampton Region Planning Scheme replaced the Fitzroy Shire, Mount Morgan Shire and Rockhampton City Planning Schemes.

View and search the Rockhampton Region Planning Scheme through Council's online planning service, Rock e Plan. Rock e Plan provides an online planning and development service to view and search the current and previous versions of the Rockhampton Region Planning Scheme and interactive Planning Scheme Mapping.

Rockhampton Region Planning Scheme- Major Amendments

Rockhampton Regional Council are proposing two major amendments to the Rockhampton Region Planning Scheme. The details of these amendments were presented at a Council Meeting on 9 November 2021.

Council resolved on 9 November 2021 to submit the proposed major amendments to the State Government to undertake a State Interest Review. After the State Government have completed their assessment, Council will commence public consultation informing relevant stakeholders of the proposed changes to the planning scheme and providing the opportunity for submissions to be received.

Major Amendment - Version 3

The proposed major changes to the planning scheme for ‘version 3’ include:

  • Update the residential designations to increase the amount of ‘Low Density Residential’ zoned land; 
  • Allow home-based business in Industry zones for existing houses;
  • Provide further clarification to the Industrial use definitions;
  • Amend subdivision provisions to align with the mandatory State regulations;
  • Include North Rockhampton Flood Management Area (NRFMA) Stage 2;
  • Amend inconsistencies in regard to interpretation of the Planning Scheme; and
  • Zone and Overlay mapping changes.   

Major Amendment - Versions 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4

As part of its on-going commitment to the Rockhampton Regional Council Flood Management Strategy, Council has completed several flood studies to improve its understanding of flood behaviour and associated flood risks in the Rockhampton region. A key component of this work has involved updating current flood studies, and undertaking new flood studies within the region.

These flood studies assist with the development of flood mitigation options and inform future natural hazard overlays for land use planning and associated development controls. The flood studies also provide information to assist in emergency management planning.

These studies are currently available to the community via Council’s website and further consultation with the community will occur through the major amendment process. 

Council resolved on 9 November 2021 to submit proposed major amendments to the Rockhampton Region Planning Scheme to incorporate the updated information and overlays along with updated flood hazard profiling for all flood hazard overlay mapping (i.e. from 4 hazard categories to 6 hazard categories, and the subsequent categorisation into Planning Area 1 and 2).

The following changes to the flood hazard overlay mapping are being proposed:

  • Updated Fitzroy River Flood Overlay Map OM-8A; and
  • Updated Local Catchment Flood Overlay Map OM-8C.

To assist in managing the State Interest Review and public consultation process, the amendment to include flood catchment overlays will be separated into four amendments:

  • Major Amendment version 4.1 – North Rockhampton and Fitzroy River;
  • Major Amendment version 4.2 – South Rockhampton;
  • Major Amendment version 4.3 – Gracemere; and
  • Major Amendment version 4.4 – Mount Morgan.    

Timeline of proposed Major Amendments - Version 3 and Version 4  

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Rockhampton Region Planning Scheme Table of Amendments 

Date of commencement  

 Planning   scheme   version   number

 Amendment   type

 Summary of amendments

 14 June 2021

 Version 2.2

 Minor Amendment

  • Update all superseded legislation and Australian Standards;
  • Update the list of approved 'inconsistent' development applications (Schedule 4); and
  • Update the recently approved Ministerial Designations (Schedule 5).

 3 March 2020

 Version 2.1

 Interim Local Government Infrastructure Plan Amendment 

  • Introduce five catchments - Parkhurst, North Rockhampton, South Rockhampton, Gracemere and Mount Morgan;
  • Update the Planning Assumptions Model for new population and employment projections
  • Update timings for Trunk Infrastructure Projects
  • Update costs associated with Trunk Infrastructure Projects
  • Modify and add new Trunk Infrastructure Projects; and
  • Administrative updates and changes. 

25 November 2019

Version 2

Major Amendment

  • Removal of requirements associated with Table 5.6.1 Building Works;
  • Amended Table of Assessment for Operational works associated with an advertising device, advertising devices code and advertising devices planning scheme policy to provide greater clarity and to include requirements for digital signage;
  • Renaming of Neighbourhood Character Overlay to Character Overlay and updated character mapping and character code provisions;
  • Amended High Density Residential zone table of assessable for retirement facilities to be accepted development;
  • Inclusion of the Kershaw Gardens, Fitzroy River Accommodation and Industry precincts into the tables of assessment and zone codes;
  • Inclusion of administrative definition for self-contained vehicles;
  • Removal of the minor demolition administrative definition;
  • Inclusion of Table SC1.3.1 - index and definitions of advertising devices;
  • Inclusion of short-term accommodation provisions into the residential tables of assessment and zone codes;
  • Amended zoning;
  • Flood hazard overlay code, planning scheme policy and mapping to provide greater clarity and to incorporate the North Rockhampton floodplain management area;
  • Amended stormwater management code and stormwater management planning scheme policy to include water sensitive urban design principles; and
  • General administrative and legislative updates.

 3 July 2017

 Version 1.1

Alignment Amendment

  • Align with new terminology under the Planning Act 2016;  
  • Strategic framework reflected within the relevant codes (zone, development and overlay codes) for code assessment;  
  • Editing, removing of duplication, updating outdated documents and the like; and  
  • Removal of the development application requirements planning scheme policy.

 24 August   2015

 Version 1 

 Original  planning scheme

 

  • Prepared to provide a consistent approach for land use planning throughout the region. The Rockhampton Region Planning Scheme replaced the Fitzroy Shire, Mount Morgan Shire and Rockhampton City Planning Schemes.

Superseded Planning Schemes

The Rockhampton Region Planning Scheme replaced the Fitzroy Shire, Mount Morgan Shire and Rockhampton City Planning Schemes.

View the Superseded Planning Schemes .