Land development plan power changes

LAND development planning powers will return to local governments across Queensland.

Premier Campbell Newman told parliament on Thursday the Urban Land Development Authority would delegate its assessment functions to local councils, subject to their willingness to take on the extra role, for new applications.

He said the move would be rolled out across 17 urban development areas.

"This government believes it's important to shift power back to local government and, where appropriate, give this important tier of government the autonomy to make decisions for their communities," he said.

"This is about empowering local governments to make local planning decisions."

Mr Newman said four Brisbane urban development area decisions would be transferred first.

He assured property owners they would not be affected by this decision and it would appear "business as usual".

"Councils will need to perform to the same standards and timeframes that ULDA has to ensure the delegations continue," he said.

"The Deputy Premier's department will provide support, direction and assistance to smaller councils and those under resource development pressure in integrating UDAs into their planning programs.

"The delegations will apply to new development applications to avoid disruption to existing applicants and land owners.

"Using the clause in the act about delegation means newly-elected mayors and councils can get on with the job of planning their local communities, which is what exactly they were just elected to do.

"This is a good and quick first step, and key to the state government's agenda to create a more efficient planning and development assessment system.

"It's important councils have stronger input in planning decisions because they know their local communities best and they will make more effective decisions with these powers.

"What a contrast it is from the Labor Party's centralist, we know best here in George St approach

"The state government continues to deliver on its promise to empower local governments to better plan for the future growth in their own communities."

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