Where is the Yarrabilba Priority Development Area (PDA)?
Yarrabilba is located within Logan City, 20km south of Logan Central. Most of the area is a former commercial pine plantation bounded by the Plunkett Conservation Park to the east, Waterford Tamborine Road to the west and Plunkett Road to the south.
The Yarrabilba Priority Development Area (PDA) covers a total area of 2222 hectares.
What will Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) do within the Yarrabilba PDA?
Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) is the planning entity for the area and as such has prepared a development scheme for the Yarrabilba PDA that outlines:
- a vision for the PDA
- the type of development that can occur in the area in the future (i.e. a land use plan)
- the infrastructure required to support strategies and mechanisms to complement the land use plan and infrastructure plan (i.e. an implementation strategy).
The Yarrabilba PDA Development Scheme ( 4.64 MB) has been approved and is now in effect.
- Responsible for assessing and deciding development applications within the PDA. All development applications within the PDA will be assessed against the Yarrabilba PDA development scheme.
- Working with landowners and developers to deliver urban developments that include a range of housing styles and densities at a variety of price points, incorporating best practice sustainability and design, supported by essential infrastructure.
What is the vision for Yarrabilba?
Yarrabilba will be a new, self-contained town that will provide an attractive lifestyle in a well-designed urban community for up to 50,000 people in 20,000 dwellings. Yarrabilba achieves the potential identified in the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031, providing a wide range of housing choices and employment opportunities, supported by community services and public transport.
Support for employment creation opportunities, in particular the provision of early on-site jobs and work-from-home opportunities will be a key to the effective delivery of Yarrabilba. A high degree of employment in a range of occupations will be contained within the PDA. Education and training will be offered in the area to provide an appropriately skilled workforce and opportunities for life-long learning.
A wide range of community facilities will cater for a variety of activities and interests, providing opportunities for life-long learning and recreation, promoting health and safety and meet the needs of the future Yarrabilba community.
Community infrastructure, including a bus service, will be developed in the PDA and the population will be supported initially by services located in the Logan area. Yarrabilba will provide a diversity of housing, including affordable and accessible housing to cater for the broad demographic mix attracted to the area and changes in lifestyle as the community matures.
Development will preserve and enhance important environmental values in the PDA. Development will achieve a fauna corridor linking remnant vegetation in the Plunkett Conservation Park in the east and the Birnam Range west of the PDA, providing movement opportunities and habitat for a number of species, including the koala.
What is the Indicative Major Transport Corridor?
The Indicative Major Transport Corridor is shown on Maps 2, 3 and 5 of the proposed development scheme. This corridor caters for the potential future east-west road linking the Pacific Motorway to Flagstone and potentially to the Greater Ipswich area, to meet the transport needs of the growing communities in the south-west corridor.
This corridor, identified in the Mt Lindesay/Beaudesert Strategic Transport Network Investigation (2009), is comprised of three sections:
- East – Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road to the Pacific Motorway
- Middle – Flagstone to Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road
- West – Flagstone to Springfield/Ipswich
The indicative route, which traverses the northern section of the Yarrabilba PDA, has been nominated following investigations by the Department of Transport and Main Roads and is required to preserve a suitable corridor to integrate the future road network with land use planning. The extension outside the PDA boundary to the east and west requires further detailed investigations and studies to identify the most suitable arrangements for the network.
What specialist advice did the former ULDA receive to assist with the preparation of the development scheme?
The former ULDA sought specialist technical advice from other state government agencies, the Logan City Council and experts on the following issues:
- road network
- hydraulic engineering requirements for flood management and stormwater quality management matters
- civil engineering to the extent of urban infrastructure
- economic aspects of regional employment
How does the EDQ development assessment process differ from the assessment process under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009?
Development applications over land outside a PDA are made to and assessed by the local government authority under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and against the planning scheme.
Development applications over land within a PDA are instead made to and assessed by the EDQ under the Economic Development Act 2012 and against the PDA development scheme.
What happens to a development application that was lodged with Logan City Council prior to declaration?
When a PDA is declared development applications already lodged with the local government for the area continue to be assessed and decided by the local government under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and the provisions of the relevant planning scheme.
What happens to a building application?
EDQ is not responsible for assessing building work against the Building Act 1975. These applications continue to be made under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, which provides for private certification.
What will happen when a development application is lodged with EDQ?
When making a PDA development application, the application will be assessed using the process set out in the Economic Development Act 2012 and against the Yarrabilba PDA Development Scheme.
How can you lodge a development application with EDQ?
At the lodgement of a development application, a preliminary review is undertaken to ensure that all relevant information has been provided prior to accepting the application. If necessary, the applicant can request an acceptance letter to be issued after this review.
To lodge a development application either:
- Hand deliver by appointment to:
Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
1 William Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
- Post to:
Economic Development Queensland
GPO Box 2202
Brisbane QLD 4001
When lodging a development application, the application will be assessed against the Economic Development Act 2012
To lodge a development application, please complete the development application form ( 2.0 MB) and forward it to the department in accordance with the details provided on this form.
How long will it take EDQ to complete developing the Yarrabilba PDA?
EDQ is not the developer within the Yarrabilba PDA. EDQ has assumed the planning powers of local government and some state agencies, including assessing and deciding development applications.
Full development of the Yarrabilba PDA is expected to take 20-30 years.
Houses in the PDA will continue to be sold on the open market. The developer will make available details of how to purchase homes, when they become available.
Will I have a say on how the PDA is developed?
In the preparation of the development scheme the former ULDA consulted with Logan City Council, the state government and the community. The proposed development scheme was publicly notified from 1 April to 20 May 2011 in accordance with the requirements of the Act. In addition, the former ULDA hosted a number of community information sessions to provide opportunities for the community to view details of the proposed development scheme and speak with ULDA staff. Submissions were received during the public notification period in regards to the proposed development scheme, which were taken into consideration before the scheme was submitted to the Minister for approval.
The Yarrabilba Submissions Report includes a summary of key issues raised in the submissions during public notification of the development scheme.
The development scheme outlines the requirements for notification of a PDA development application which provides an opportunity for people to make submissions. In deciding a PDA development application EDQ must consider any submissions made to it about the application during the submission period.
What will housing look like in the Yarrabilba PDA?
EDQ will work with key stakeholders to help deliver commercially viable development that includes diverse, affordable, sustainable housing and incorporate best-practice urban design.
New development in Yarrabilba will provide a range of housing choices to cater for the diverse needs of the local community through a mix of densities, types, designs, price points and home ownership and rental options.
Development will deliver neighbourhoods that appropriately interface with existing houses adjoining the PDA boundary by considering densities through appropriate planning and design controls such as lot layout, transitional uses, building form controls such as building height and setbacks, hard or soft buffers, building design or a combination of mitigating measures. Development will respect adjoining land uses that predated the PDA through planning and design that preserves existing amenity.
Non-residential development within the PDA will preserve residential amenity through a variety of mechanisms such as open space or landscaped buffers, low impact transitional uses, reduced scale of buildings and other structures in transition areas.
Who will live in the housing?
Anyone can live in the Yarrabilba PDA. The diversity of product will ensure people from a range of socio-economic groups and professions can live within the PDA, including construction and industry workers, teachers, nurses, retail workers and hairdressers as well as singles, families and seniors.
To achieve affordable houses EDQ focuses on the objective of minimising the price of new housing by:
- getting land to market faster
- streamlining development approvals
- simplifying planning requirements.
EDQ is not a public housing or social housing provider. In Queensland, public housing is provided by the Department of Housing and Public Works.
What height will buildings be?
The development scheme sets out maximum building heights to regulate development in the respective land use zones, neighbourhoods or centres identified in the land use plan. Houses in residential neighbourhoods will generally be one to two storeys. Development in and around centres that are planned for mixed uses such as retail, commercial and residential, will be more than two storeys in height. Development in industry areas will include a range of building heights from four to eight storeys depending on the proximity to adjoining existing land uses.
What happens with infrastructure provision?
EDQ recognises that the success of the Yarrabilba PDA relies on the timely delivery of appropriate infrastructure.
The development scheme includes an infrastructure plan which outlines infrastructure delivery divided into two components, local infrastructure and sub-regional infrastructure. The developer will be required to deliver local infrastructure, such as the provision of roads, sewer and water supply, the early provision of public transport and land for community infrastructure to service the development along with a contribution towards sub-regional infrastructure. The infrastructure plan details the timing and provision of sub-regional infrastructure dependent on the rates of development for the PDA. Sub-regional infrastructure includes major trunk works for connection to council's and state's transport network systems and the local water authority's treatment system.
To ensure the delivery of this infrastructure an infrastructure funding framework has been prepared. The framework sets the charges that will apply within the PDA and fund the delivery of infrastructure.
The former ULDA worked with Logan City Council, state agencies, land holders and developers in devising the funding framework.
Can EDQ compulsorily acquire property?
EDQ does not have compulsory land acquisition powers and cannot forcibly acquire anyone's land.