The existing Douglas Shire Planning Scheme remains in force in 2014 following de-amalgamation from Cairns Regional Council.
The planning scheme applies to particular land uses, such as residential, tourism, industrial and commercial developments and subdivisions. It identifies where different land uses such as shops, houses, units or industrial activities can occur in the Shire, and what performance criteria and specific outcomes are required to be satisfied.
There are 11 different policies included in the planning scheme. These relate to a variety of subject matters such as building design & architectural elements, water supply & sewerage headworks, landscaping, open space contributions and cultural and heritage values.
Table Of Contents (110.2 KiB)
Table Of Contents (110.2 KiB)
Douglas Shire Planning Scheme Policies
Acid Sulfate Soils (207.6 KB)
Policy No 1
Douglas Shire Council Policies – ensures that development takes into account the presence of acid sulfate soils.
Douglas Shire Council Policies – specifies and illustrates the architectural elements and building design features considered appropriate for residential, commercial and tourist developments.
Carparking Contributions (187.2 KB)
Policy No 3
Douglas Shire Council Policies – specifies the circumstances in which a contribution may be made in lieu of providing car parking on site in association with a development.
Cultural Heritage & Valuable Sites (195.3 KB)
Policy No 4
Douglas Shire Council Policies – ensures that cultural heritage and valuable sites of the Shire are recorded and protected from removal, inappropriate redevelopment and inappropriate adjacent development.
Erosion & Sediment Control (211.9 KB)
Policy No 5
Douglas Shire Council Policies – to ensure that development controls erosion and sedimentation.
FNQROC Development Manual Policy No 6
The FNQROC Development Manual sets out procedures and requirements for the preparation and submission of approval applications, designs details and construction procedures.
Landscaping (278.9 KB)
Policy No 7
Douglas Shire Council Policies – specifies landscaping procedures, design requirements and a Plant Species Schedule for developments which have landscaping requirements.
Natural Areas & Scenic Amenity (187.2 KB)
Policy No 8
Douglas Shire Council Policies – specifies procedures and design requirements for developments which are located in highly sensitive environments with important conservation and scenic values.
Open Space Contributions (220.2 KB)
Policy No 9
Douglas Shire Council Policies – ensures that adequate parks and open space areas are provided for the enjoyment of residents and visitors and to set guidelines to maintain a balanced, functional and holistic approach to the provision of parkland.
Douglas Shire Council Policies – to ensure that development is supported by documentation, where necessary, which confirms that the development will be ecologically sustainable.
Douglas Shire Council Policies – to ensure that Council recovers appropriate contributions towards the cost of providing water supply headworks and sewerage headworks, water supply works external and sewerage works external when deciding a development application.
A hard copy of the planning scheme and associated policies is available for inspection at Council’s office at 64-66 Front Street, Mossman.