Urgent amendments to Queensland's planning legislation were passed in March 2020 by Queensland Parliament to address concerns raised by a range of stakeholders, including local government and industry, in response to the COVID-19. The changes included:
- declaring COVID-19 as an applicable event under the Planning Act 2016 on 19 March 2020 – now extended to 31 October 2020
- declaring Shops, Warehouses and Transport Depots as uses that can operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the COVID-19 applicable event 2020
- providing for applications for a temporary use licence during the COVID-19 applicable event
- providing for the extension or suspension of statutory timeframes during the COVID-19 applicable event.
The Economic Development Act 2012 was amended to make applicable events and declared uses under the Planning Act 2016 apply in Priority Development Areas (PDAs).
The Economic Development COVID-19 Emergency Response Regulation 2020 (ED COVID-19 Regulation) commenced on 26 June 2020 and expires on 31 December 2020 – the ‘response period’. The new legislation is in response to issues arising from COVID-19 modifies the requirements for public notification of PDA development applications and for the viewing of planning and development related documents.
The provisions of the ED COVID-19 Regulation modify the Economic Development Act 2012 during the 'response period' by:
- providing for alternative arrangements for public inspection and purchase of hard copy documents
- providing for additional options for public notification of PDA development applications if a hard copy local newspaper is not circulating in the locality of the application.
Similar modifications have been made to the Planning Act 2016 by the Planning COVID-19 Emergency Response Regulation 2020.
Public inspection and purchase of hard copy documents
Additional notification options
Temporary use licences
Extension or suspension of planning framework timeframes
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