Toowoomba CBD streetscape

In December 2019, Council considered a report on the major review of the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme and resolved to prepare a new planning scheme to address the findings of the review. The review found that the current planning scheme had served the community well, but that there is a range of key issues that would be best dealt with by preparing a new planning scheme.

Development of the new plan, which commenced in July 2020, will be prepared over three stages, finishing in 2024.

The first stage is due for completion in December 2021. It includes completing the following studies to inform writing the new plan in stage 2:

  • Bushfire risk assessment
  • Green infrastructure strategy planning implementation study
  • Indigenous cultural heritage study
  • Industry review
  • Land use implications of major infrastructure study
  • Landslide and steep land study
  • Regional landscape and urban character study
  • Scenic amenity study
  • Servicing strategy
  • Temperate climate study and guideline
  • Toowoomba Region growth plan
  • Toowoomba Region urban form framework.

Once the new plan has been written, it will be released for community comment in stage 3. This will occur in February 2024. The new planning scheme is likely to commence in February 2025 after community feedback has been considered.