Town Planning Scheme Town Planning Scheme

Minor Amendment of Town Planning Scheme

Taking effect on the 28th of January 2015, Council adopted a minor amendment to the City of Mount Isa Town Planning Scheme. The purpose and general effect of the Minor Amendment is to provide improved flood regulation based on revised flood mapping. To achieve this purpose, the following changes have been made:

  1. ​Replace flooding maps 13-26 with maps 13-21;
  2. Renumber existing map no. 27 to map no. 22;
  3. Replace components of the City of Mount Isa Planning Scheme 2006 which reference the flood maps and map no. 27.

Download the new flooding maps 13-21

Download the renumbered map 22

The Current Town Planning Scheme

In accordance with the Integrated Planning Act 1997, the local government for the City of Mount Isa has prepared this planning scheme as a framework for managing development in a way that advances the purpose of the Integrated Planning Act 1997 by:

  1. identifying assessable and self-assessable development; and
  2. identifying outcomes sought to be achieved in the local government area as the context for assessing development.

You can download the current City of Mount Isa Town Planning Scheme (as amended January 2015). Please be aware that this document download (PDF) is 52 megabytes in size.

The Future Town Planning Scheme

The current Planning Scheme is now nearly seven years old. The new Scheme will reflect current legislative requirements, and is being drafted in accordance with the Queensland Planning Provisions – the State government template for new planning schemes introduced in 2009. The new Scheme will ensure that Mount Isa grows in a sustainable manner, and that development in Mount Isa is completed to a high standard.

Council's Strategic Planning Team is currently preparing the draft Planning Scheme with the assistance of Harrison Grierson Consultants. It is anticipated that the first draft of the new Scheme will be submitted to the Department of State Development Infrastructure and Planning for the required State Interest check in September 2013.

Once the State has reviewed the draft, the Scheme will be publically notified and members of the community will have an opportunity to comment and provide submissions. Regular updates on the progress of the new Planning Scheme will be provided on this website. In the mean time, if you would like further information on this project, please contact Manager Development & Land Use, Gayle Houston, by telephone on 07 4747 3200 or email . 

Residences Located On Commercially Zoned Land

Recently council has been made aware of some confusion regarding the zoning of certain blocks of land within the City. Specifically, issues have been raised with regard to residential homes being located on commercially zoned land. The current City of Mount Isa Planning Scheme was adopted on 1 August 2006 in accordance with the requirements of the Integrated Planning Act 1997 (now the Sustainable Planning Act 2009).  The intent of a local planning scheme is to outline a local council's plan for the local government area outlining an integrated plan for the future.

Local planning integrates and balances economic, social and environmental needs and aspirations of the local community to provide an orderly approach to land use and change. They focus on land use,  development, infrastructure and valuable features of the area. As part of this process, councils are required to plan for expansion to accommodate both population growth and economic growth to ensure the sustainability of the City, while ensuring the needs of the State and the regional community are incorporated.

Therefore, as part of the City of Mount Isa Planning Scheme (2006) process, a number of residential properties were rezoned from Residential to Commercial to allow for expansion of the commercial sector.  Where a property was previously zoned Residential and had an existing lawful residential dwelling constructed on it, the subject property has their existing residential use rights protected under the previous Integrated Planning Act 1997 (which the current planning scheme was prepared and adopted under) and the current Sustainable Planning Act 2009. To explain further… from a planning point of view, what this rezone basically means is that the existing residential use rights may continue in perpetuity (regardless of future changes to planning schemes). In terms of land use, the rezone could be considered an advantage as the subject property can be sold as an existing residential use or as a new commercial use. Additionally, commercial zoning does enable land uses that owners may not be aware of. For instance, the zone can potentially be developed into high density residential apartments (subject to development  application approval).

It has come to Council's attention that the financial lenders have recently changed their policy on lending practices and the amount of deposit required for residential properties which are zoned commercial. Unfortunately, Council has no control over the lending practices for financial institutions and are unable to make strategic planning decisions based on changing decisions by banks.

The Mount Isa City Council has raised this issue with the Department of Infrastructure and Planning, who are investigating these concerns.

To view the legislation which protects the existing use rights, please follow the website links below:

Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.1) 2014

On 4 June 2014, the State passed the Sustainable Planning (Infrastructure Charges) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014, amending the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA)

Under This Bill, infrastructure charges are now levied via an Infrastructure Charges Resolution.

Therefore, the Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No 1) 2014  which commenced 26 September 2014 supersedes Schedule 4 Regulated Infrastructure Charges Schedule within the City of Mount Isa Planning Scheme.

If you would like further information, please contact Council's Development & Land Use section on 07 4747 3200 or email . 

Download the Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No. 1) 2014