Land use planning system and Key Resource Areas

Following consultation with all affected parties and approval by the planning minister, Key Resource Areas (KRAs) are included in the State Planning Policy (SPP). This policy sets down all the state's interests in land use planning and development. Local governments are required to consider which state interests are relevant and how best to apply these interests when developing their local planning scheme.

The SPP is supported by guidelines to help implement the policy. The SPP guideline for mining and extractive resources (PDF, 7.6MB) has more information about the SPP and extractive industries.

Amending or removing a KRA from the SPP

The Geological Survey of Queensland (GSQ) may consider proposals to amend or remove a KRA from the SPP if new information is provided regarding any component of the KRA, such as about the extent of the resource or if the resource has been exhausted.

Amendments to the transport route may also be considered to reflect a local government development approval for an extractive industry.

Any proposed amendments or removals of KRAs must undergo a consultation process that includes affected property owners, local government and the extractive industry proponent (if applicable).

If GSQ decides to proceed with the amendment or removal, the Minister for Resources and Critical Minerals will provide a report summarising the issues raised during the consultation to the Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and ask that they consider amending or removing the KRA in the SPP.

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