Current schemes and policies

The consolidated CairnsPlan for the City of Cairns commenced in March 2009. Council is now developing a new draft Cairns Region Planning Scheme to manage the region's land use and development over the next 20 years. The State Interest Review and formal consultation for the draft Cairns Region Planning Scheme occurred during 2014 and, subject to Ministerial consideration, it is anticipated the new scheme will be adopted and commence during 2015.

Note: The flood inundation overlay mapping contained in the CairnsPlan has been produced for planning purposes only and is not fit for insurance eligibility determination purposes or to determine the extent of flood inundation.  More detailed information on flood mapping and data can be found at Council's flood maps and data webpage.

CairnsPlan - Consolidated Planning Scheme

The consolidated CairnsPlan was adopted by Cairns Regional Council in February 2009, and commenced in March 2009. It includes all amendments gazetted to 25 February 2009. Amendments adopted since that date can be found separately on the Scheme amendments page.

CairnsPlan Policies

Planning scheme policies support the CairnsPlan Planning Scheme. Developer (Trunk Infrastructure) contributions provides a mechanism for the funding of development infrastructure.

CairnsPlan user guides

These guides were developed to assist with the interpretation of Council's new planning scheme.