Overlays are important to understand like this flooding overlay in Brisbane

What does an overlay mean from a town planning point of view?

In Queensland, an “overlay” is a layer of additional planning controls that is applied to a specific area or property. Overlays are used to address specific planning issues or to protect certain features or values in an area. They are applied in addition to the standard zoning controls for a property or area, and may impose additional requirements or restrictions on development or land use. Sometimes, these overlays can be quite complicated to find, and even more complicated to udnerstand.

There are several different types of overlays that may be applied in Queensland, including:

  1. Environmental overlays: These overlays are used to protect areas of environmental significance, such as wetlands, floodplains, or wildlife habitat.
  2. Heritage overlays: These overlays are used to protect buildings, structures, or other features that have cultural or historical significance.
  3. Infrastructure overlays: These overlays are used to protect infrastructure, such as pipelines, transmission lines, or telecommunications equipment.
  4. Landscape overlays: These overlays are used to protect areas of natural or landscaped beauty.
  5. Overlays for special purposes: These overlays are used to address specific planning issues, such as airplane noise, air pollution, or visual privacy.

It is important for property owners to be aware of any overlays that may apply to their property, as they may impact the use and development of the property. We have long courses that explain how to do this in detail (e.g. our Development Assessment course), but also shorter courses so you understand how they might affect a property in a Council specific region. E.g. our Brisbane site finding course.

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