Strategic Land Use Planning

Strategic Land Use Overview

Land use planning policy in Queanbeyan City is defined through the Queanbeyan Local Environmental Plan 2012, Queanbeyan Local Environmental Plan 1991, Yarrowlumla Local Environmental Plan 2002 and various Development Control Plans and Section 94 Contributions plans.

The Local Environmental Plan (LEP) provides the planning framework for encouraging orderly development within the city while protecting important aspects of the natural and built environment. These also provide the regulatory framework for the development of Queanbeyan.

A LEP can only be varied through the "gateway" plan making process. The gateway plan making process has a number of steps with the first being a Planning Proposal request to amend the LEP.

To download Planning Proposal guidelines for applicants, click here.  You can download the application form here.

Development Control Plans (DCPs) supplement the Local Environmental Plans by providing more detailed information concerning various aspects relating to new development such as building design standards, landscaping, car parking requirements, controls on outdoor advertising and the like.

The Strategic Planning team is also responsible for Community Land Plans of Management. Community Land Plans of Management set out Council's management regimes for publicly owned land classified as 'community' under the Local Government Act 1993.

Strategic Land Use Plan

The purpose of the Strategic Land Use Plan is to provide the framework for the future land use planning for Queanbeyan Local Government Area (LGA) over the next 25 years incorporating environmental, economic and social factors. In this way it builds on previous work including the Queanbeyan Residential and Economic Strategy 2031 and the Community Vision.


Local Planning Agreement and Section 94 Development Contribution Plans

Complementary to the Local Environmental Plans and Development Control Plans are the Development Contribution Plans (also know as Section 94 Plans) and Developer Servicing Plans. These enable Council to levy developer contributions to fund public facilities and services of a capital nature which is generated by the demand of new development. An alternative to Section 94 Contributions Plans are Local Planning Agreements. A Local Planning Agreement (LPA) is an agreement entered into by Council and a developer and enables Council to levy contributions to fund public facilities and services. Currently there is one called Googong Urban Development Local Planning Agreement. You can download a copy of the Googong Local Planning Agreement here.

Section 94 Contributions Plan and Local Planning Agreement

Section 94 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 permits Council to plan, identify and levy contributions upon new development where it has established that the development is likely to result in increased demand for public services and public amenities within the local government area of Queanbeyan City.

In order to levy contributions, Council must prepare a contributions plan in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and associated regulations. Council must also give consideration to best practice guidelines for preparing contribution plans to ensure that those contributions are both equitable and fair.

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 also provides for alternatives to contribution plans. This includes planning agreements and Council has one called Googong Urban Development Planning Agreement. You can download the Agreement and other supporting documentation here.

Queanbeyan City Council Section 94 Contributions Plan 2012

Queanbeyan City Council Section 94 Contributions Plan (Googong) 2015

Queanbeyan City Section 94 Contributions Plan - Extractive Industry 2014 - The purpose of this plan is to allow the council to recover that part of the cost of maintaining council roads which is due to damage caused by the transport of extracted materials, by means of a road maintenance contribution imposed as a condition of development consent on all materials extracted within the council area. Table 1 shows the schedule of works from 2014 to 2019.

Click here to download a copy of Council's 2016-2017 Fees and Charges.

A Planning Agreement Register contains a summary of the Googong Urban Development Local Planning Agreement.

Please contact Council  on 02 6285 6266 for current Development Contributions.

The following section 94 contributions plans and section 64 developer servicing plans apply in the former Palerang Local Government Area:

  • s64 Development Servicing Plan - Palerang Sewerage
  • s64 Development Servicing Plan - Palerang Water Supply
  • Palerang Section 94A Development Contribution Plan
  • Cooma-Monaro Section 94 Contributions Plan (Roads & Open Space)
  • Gunning Section 94 Contributions Plan for Provision of Public Amenities and Services
  • Mulwaree Section 94 Development Contributions Plan 2003-2008
  • Palerang Section 94 Plan No.10 - Provision of Kings Highway Culverts at South Bungendore
  • Palerang Section 94 Plan No.11 - Off-Street Carparking at Bungendore
  • Palerang Section 94 Plan No.7 - Recreation Facilities at Bungendore
  • Palerang Section 94 Plan No.8 - Provision of Pathway Network at Bungendore
  • Palerang Section 94 Plan No.9 - Street Upgrading at Bungendore
  • Tallaganda s.94 Contributions Plan No.3 - Roadworks
  • Tallaganda Section 94 Plan No.4 - Bush Fire Control and Suppression
  • Yarrowlumla Council section 94 Contribution Plan (No. 2) for Provision of Access Roads
  • Yarrowlumla Section 94 Plan No.1 - Bungendore
  • Yarrowlumla Section 94 Plan No.3 - Provision of Community Facilities

 You can view and download the former Palerang plans here.


Planning Studies

Council has commissioned various background studies including local environmental studies to inform all of the draft local environmental plans (LEPs) for the city, including the comprehensive LEP. and for areas in South Jerrabomberra known as the Poplars, North Tralee and South Tralee.

The CBD Masterplan

Biodiversity Study 2008

Queanbeyan Residential and Economic Strategy 2015-2031

Heritage Study 2010

Community Heritage Study 2001


Section 64 - Development Servicing Plans

Section 64 of the Local Government Act 1993 allows contributions to be levied towards the provision of water and sewerage infrastructure. Council must have a Developer Servicing Plan (DSP) in order to levy a Section 64 contribution.

The development servicing plans enable Council to levy contributions where the anticipated development will or is likely to increase the demand for water or sewer supply services.

The following Section 64 DSP’s apply in the former Queanbeyan City Council Local Government Area:

The contributions payable for any new development are calculated in accordance with the Section 64 Determinations of Equivalent Tenements Guidelines – published by the Water Directorate in May of 2009.

The contribution amount (per Equivalent Tenement – ET) is subject to CPI and the fee payable is based on the present value at the time of payment.

The current 2016-2017 charges for the Queanbeyan DSP areas are:

  • Sewer (West Zone) – $1,420.44 per ET
  • Sewer (East Zone)– $1,420.44 per ET
  • Water (Queanbeyan Zone) - $4,233.75 per ET
  • Water (Jerrabomberra Zone) – $8,829.81 per ET

These developer charges are revised on 1 July each year on the basis of movements in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Canberra, in the preceding 12 months to December, excluding the impact of GST.

The DSP charges for the Googong area for 2015-2016 period were:

  • Sewer - $9,036.00 per ET
  • Water - $2,361.00 per ET

These charges are adjusted on 1st July each year on the basis of movements in the CPI for Sydney as required by the Developer Charges Guidelines (excluding the impact of GST).

The following section 64 developer servicing plans apply in the former Palerang Local Government Area:

  • s64 Development Servicing Plan - Palerang Sewerage
  • s64 Development Servicing Plan - Palerang Water Supply

You can view and download the former Palerang plans here.