Good quality agricultural land
Growing national concern about land conservation has led to the realisation that good quality agricultural land is a finite resource that must be conserved and managed for the longer term. Protecting it from unnecessary development is essential for maintaining the future productivity and efficiency of Queensland’s rural industries.
State Planning Policy 1/92: Development and the Conservation of Agricultural Land (PDF)* sets out principles to guide the protection of this important natural resource.
Land conservation and development
Though population demands mean there will be some inevitable loss of agricultural land, not just close to major towns and cities, but also in rural areas, this development should take into account land conservation and the importance of agriculture.
The best and most versatile farming land is a valuable resource that should, in general, be protected from irreversible development. It should not be built on unless there is an overriding public benefit, and no other site is suitable for the particular purpose.
Identifying good quality agricultural land
Land must be assessed for its suitability for agriculture, if land conservation policies are to be implemented.
See the Department of Infrastructure and Planning website for guidelines on identifying good quality agricultural land (PDF)*
Separating agricultural and residential land uses
Nearby development, particularly if it is mainly residential, can inhibit farming practices. For example, crop spraying and tractor noise are two operations which cause conflicts with adjoining residential properties.
The Planning Guidelines: Separating Agricultural and Residential Land Uses (PDF)* give information on planning measures and the use of buffer areas to minimise such conflicts.
The guidelines are based on the principle that local governments should avoid, as far as practicable, locating residential development close to agricultural land.
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Last reviewed 11 March 2011
Last updated 14 November 2008