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Development Approvals

Any activity classified as development in Queensland must obtain approval under the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) as required under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.

The approval process is facilitated by an assessment manager (generally your local council).  However, as part of the process, where development impacts on state transport interests, applications must be forwarded (referred) to the Department of Transport and Main Roads for assessment.

The Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) became operational on 18 December 2009, repealing the Integrated Planning Act (IPA).  The SPA is the primary planning and development assessment legislation in Queensland and affords Port jurisdictional powers and responsibilities to manage development on Strategic Port Land.

SPA integrated the approvals process in Queensland by facilitating a 'one stop shop' approach to development assessment through the Integrated Development Assessment System.
The purpose of the SPA is to seek to achieve ecological sustainability by:

  • Managing the process by which development takes place, including ensuring the process is accountable, effective and efficient and delivers sustainable outcomes;
  • Managing the effects of development on the environment, including managing the use of premises; and
  • Continuing the coordination and integrating of planning at the local, regional and State levels.

Contact Us:

Address:   Cnr Grafton & Hartley Streets, Cairns QLD Australia 4870

Postal:      PO Box 594, Cairns QLD Australia 4870

Phone:     + 61 7 4052 3888

Fax:         + 61 7 4052 3853

Email:       enquiries@portsnorth.com.au

Website:   www.portsnorth.com.au

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