Local and Regional Planning

Local area planning establishes a vision for future development in a specific geographical area and shapes the appropriate planning policies to achieve the desired local development.

The Mackay Regional Council is currently developing non- statutory local area plans for the Ooralea, Marian-Mirani, Sarina, and City Centre areas.

Regional and strategic planning looks at desirable planning outcomes for the whole of the Mackay Regional Council area of jurisdiction that recognises development within the broader Whitsunday, Hinterland and Mackay region. This includes council’s desired settlement pattern, sustainable and affordable development, the natural environment and resources, the regional landscape (including community green space, scenic amenity, heritage and outdoor recreation and building a strong community (responding to socio-demographic trends, social cohesion, disadvantage, health and safety issues and respecting heritage places).