Legislation and planning

The strategic cropping land (SCL) legislative and planning framework is designed to protect SCL from developments that lead to permanent impacts or diminished productivity.

The Queensland Government has released a single State Planning Policy that simplifies and clarifies the State's interests for planning and development. The policy is available on the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning website.

This policy replaces the previous State Planning Policy 1/12: Protection of Queensland's strategic cropping land (SPP 1/12).

Strategic Cropping Land Act 2011

The Strategic Cropping Land Act 2011 (PDF)* commenced on 30 January 2012.

The objectives of the Act are to:

The Act will achieve these objectives by:

Strategic Cropping Land Regulation 2011

The Strategic Cropping Land Regulation 2011 includes application fees and mitigation rates, the creation of a standard conditions code for resource activities, and development prescribed to be in exceptional circumstances.

Application fees

Community feedback was obtained on cost recovery options and fees for implementing the Strategic Cropping Land Act 2011 during development of the SCL framework.

The fee structure (PDF, 85K)* is incorporated into the Regulation.

Mitigation rates

The Regulation prescribes the rate for determining the mitigation value in each zone and sub-zone.

The mitigation sub-zone map shows the boundaries of each zone and sub-zone.

Standard conditions code

DNRM has simplified the SCL compliance framework for certain resource activities provided for in the code that have a temporary impact and pose a relatively low risk of adversely impacting on SCL.

The standard conditions code (PDF, 332K)* expedites approval processes, while ensuring there are appropriate standards of management and protection of SCL.

The code contains three parts, with each part providing for different resource activities:

While resource activities that propose to comply with the code will not require a full SCL development assessment, administrative and monitoring processes are in place to ensure compliance with the code.

Download a copy of the standard conditions code (PDF, 332K)*.

Development prescribed to be in exceptional circumstances

The Regulation prescribes major renewable energy projects as a type of development considered to be exceptional circumstances development.

Under the Act, a major renewable energy project is a development that proposes to generate more than 30 mega watts (MW) of electricity from a renewable energy source, including:

This provision recognises the inherent significant community benefit derived from these types of development, but does not exempt these projects from the Act.

These projects will still be required to avoid and minimise any impacts on SCL to the greatest extent possible, and mitigate any permanent impacts.

State Planning Policy

The Queensland Government has released a single State Planning Policy that simplifies and clarifies the State's interests for planning and development. The policy is available on the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning website.

This policy replaces the previous State Planning Policy 1/12: Protection of Queensland's strategic cropping land (SPP 1/12).

The development assessment is administered by the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) using the State Planning Assessment Provisions (SDAP).

The chief executive of DSDIP is the assessment manager or referral agency for all development applications where the state has an interest.

Development applications are to be prepared and lodged through DSDIP’s new online SARA system called MyDAS. SARA will provide a single point of contact.

Find out more about SARA.

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Last updated 3 December 2013

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