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State development and assessment

The Sustainable Planning Act 2009 provides the framework for the land use planning and development assessment system in Queensland. The State Development Assessment Provisions (SDAP) is prescribed in the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009, and contains the matters the chief executive administering the Act may have when assessing a development application as either an assessment manager or a referral agency.

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Queensland Wetland Buffer Planning Guideline
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SDAP Module 11 Wetland Protection Areas
The aim of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 is to protect Queensland's environment while allowing for development that improves the total quality of life, now and in the future, in a way that maintains ecological processes on which life depends. This approach is termed 'ecologically sustainable development'.

Mechanism and recognition of wetland values

The SDAP code aims to ensure that development proposed in a Wetland Protection Area (WPA) is planned, designed, constructed and operated to prevent the loss or degradation of wetland environmental values, or to enhance those values. WPAs are located in Great Barrier Reef catchments and comprise the wetland and an area around the wetland. The Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 describes wetland environmental values (s81A) and provides for WPAs to be shown on the Map of Referable Wetlands.

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SDAP Module 10 Coastal Protection
The Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995 applies to the coastal zone and one of its objectives is to provide for the protection, conservation, rehabilitation and management of the coastal zone, including its resources and biological diversity.

Mechanism and recognition of wetland and terrestrial biodiversity values

Development in a coastal management district or involving tidal works for which the State is assessment manager is assessed against the SDAP code. In general these are circumstance where the development is not prescribed tidal works or not assessable under a local government planning scheme. The code requires that the development avoids adverse impacts on matters of state environmental significance (MSES) and where this is not reasonably practical, impacts are minimised and residual impacts are offset. These MSES include coastal wetlands, fish habitat areas and migratory species habitat.

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SDAP Module 8 Native vegetation clearing
The Vegetation Management Act 1999 (VM Act) regulates the clearing of native vegetation in Queensland. The purpose of this Act is to regulate the clearing of vegetation in a way that among other things, conserves remnant vegetation, prevents the loss of biodiversity and maintains ecological processes.

Mechanism and recognition of wetland and terrestrial biodiversity values

Development approvals may be required for a number of allowable clearing purposes and can include assessment for a proposed material change of use and reconfiguration of a lot. The purpose of the SDAP code is consistent with the purpose of the VM Act. The code includes provision for the extent of vegetation associated with wetlands and watercourses to be maintained by restricting specified clearing activities within defined wetland and watercourse protection zones. Under the code wetland means ‘an area of land that supports plants or is associated with plants that are adapted to and dependent on living in wet conditions for at least part of their life cycle, and are shown on the vegetation management wetlands map’.

Resources

  • Information on the vegetation management framework including development approvals
  • Development application mapping system
  • The Vegetation Management Wetlands Map is derived from the Queensland Wetlands Map and application of Aquatic Conservation Assessments, available for large areas of the State. The mapping is supported by the Wetland Delineation and Mapping Guideline, a method for verifying the wetland extent on-ground.
SDAP Module 7 Water Resources
The Water Act 2000 provides a legislative basis for the sustainable planning and management of the State’s water resources.

    Mechanism and recognition of wetland values

    The SDAP code establishes requirements for development approvals for a range of activities in water areas including certain works that take overland flow and works that take or interfere with water in a watercourse, lake or spring and underground water. Under the Water Act, the definition of lake includes a swamp. Protecting natural riverine ecosystems, the physical integrity of watercourses and natural overland flow paths are addressed under the SDAP Code. It also provides that the natural processes of artesian and sub artesian systems are maintained.

SDAP Module 5 Fisheries resources
The Fisheries Act 1994 provides for the use, conservation and enhancement of the community's fisheries resources and fish habitats. A fish habitat area (FHA) declared under the Fisheries Act 1994 is an area protected against physical disturbance from coastal development. Queensland´s FHA network ensures fishing for the future by protecting all inshore and estuarine fish habitats (e.g. vegetation, sand bars and rocky headlands) contained within declared FHAs, which play the key role of sustaining local and regional fisheries.

Mechanism and recognition of wetland values

The SDAP code addresses the health and productivity of fisheries resources in relation to:

  • Proposed development for prescribed purposes or where there is a demonstrated right to propose an activity in or adjacent to the FHA. The code is designed to ensure development is managed to protect fish stocks and to maintain the fish habitat values of all declared FHAs.
  • The design and location of waterway barrier works is addressed in the code to ensure works are designed and located to protect fish habitats and the connectivity between fish habitats.
  • The protection of marine plant communities that are fisheries resources because of their importance in providing food and shelter for fish.

Resources

  • The mapping of declared Fish Habitat Areas is derived from the Queensland Wetlands Map and available on-line through the Queensland Spatial Catalogue and the map service WetlandMaps.
SDAP Module 4 Environmentally Relevant Activities (Concurrence)
The aim of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 is to protect Queensland's environment while allowing for development that improves the total quality of life, now and in the future, in a way that maintains ecological processes on which life depends. This approach is termed 'ecologically sustainable development'.

Mechanism and recognition of wetland and terrestrial biodiversity values

State concurrence approval is required for a material change of use associated with environmentally relevant activities (ERAs) under the EP Act. In addition to matters set out in the Act, the SDAP code addresses matters to be considered in undertaking all concurrence ERAs and certain additional outcomes for intensive animal industries. Matters include the suitability of the site, the location and management of the activity on the site so that environmental values, including wetlands, are protected.

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Disclaimer: While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of this information, the Queensland and Australian Governments make no representations or warranties about its accuracy, reliability, completeness or suitability for any particular purpose and disclaim all responsibility and all liability (including without limitation, liability in negligence) for all expenses, losses, damages (including indirect or consequential damage) and costs which might be incurred as a consequence of reliance on the product, or as a result of the product being inaccurate or incomplete in any way and for any reason.


Last updated: 12 March 2015

This page should be cited as:

State development and assessment, WetlandInfo 2014, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland, viewed 1 February 2017, <https://wetlandinfo.ehp.qld.gov.au/wetlands/management/policy-legislation/plan-approval/state-dev-ass.html>.

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