Where is the Greater Flagstone Priority Development Area (PDA)?
Greater Flagstone is located within Logan City, west of Jimboomba and the Mount Lindesay Highway, along the Brisbane-Sydney rail line. It is north of the Bromelton State Development Area.
The Greater Flagstone Priority Development Area (PDA) covers a total area of 7188 hectares.
The current residential population of Greater Flagstone PDA is 3500. These residents live on predominantly rural and rural residential properties. The area also contains some recently developed traditional urban lots.
What will the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA) do within the Greater Flagstone PDA?
The Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA) is the planning entity for the area and as such has prepared a development scheme for the Greater Flagstone 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 such development (i.e. an infrastructure plan)
- strategies and mechanisms to complement the land use plan and infrastructure plan (i.e. an implementation strategy).
Download the approved development scheme ( 2.6 MB)
The ULDA is:
- Responsible for assessing and deciding development applications within the PDA. All development applications within the PDA will be assessed against the Greater Flagstone 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 Greater Flagstone PDA?
The Greater Flagstone PDA will become a community providing housing for an ultimate projected population of 100,000 to 120,000 people. This will be an affordable, sustainable and connected community demonstrating best practice urban design and sound community development principles.
The Greater Flagstone PDA is strategically located between two future employment precincts at North Maclean, which is planned to develop in the short term and Bromelton, which in the longer term, will provide for industry, manufacture and logistics development. North Maclean will be a mixed industry and business area providing a wide range of services and employment opportunities. The creation of dynamic activity centres will drive the prosperity and the sustainability of Greater Flagstone.
The social, recreational and entertainment needs of the community will be met through a combination of appropriately resourced existing Logan services and the provision of new services delivered in an integrated manner. This could include multi-purpose community facilities located in centres throughout the PDA.
A bus service will be provided in the PDA which also links the area with other centres in Logan. Studies by the Department of Transport and Main Roads identified the potential to support a passenger rail service which will allow direct connection to the Brisbane metropolitan rail network.
Greater Flagstone transitions from the Logan River/Teviot Brook to Flinders Peak and Round Mountain. Development will preserve and enhance important environmental values within the PDA.
What is proposed for North Maclean?
North Maclean is identified in the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 as an Identified Growth Area. The development scheme envisages North Maclean will be a mixed industry and business area. This will provide a wide range of employment opportunities to service the planned growth in the PDA and broaden the range of employment available to the wider area of Flagstone, Yarrabilba, Greenbank Central and the surrounding rural residential development.
There will be a limited range of commercial and trade retail activities servicing the direct needs of the local employment population within North Maclean. Development in North Maclean will be appropriately planned and designed to ensure that the residential amenity in the locality is maintained.
What specialist advice has the ULDA received to assist with the preparation of the development scheme?
The ULDA has 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 on the extent of urban infrastructure
- economic aspects of regional employment
How does the ULDA 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 under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) and against the planning scheme.
Development applications over land within a PDA are instead made to and assessed by the ULDA under the Urban Land Development Authority Act 2007 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 (SPA) and the provisions of the relevant planning scheme.
(SPA) and the provisions of the relevant planning scheme. What happens to a building application?
The ULDA is not responsible for assessing building work against the Building Act 1975. These applications continue to be made under SPA, which provides for private certification.
What will happen when a development application is lodged with the ULDA?
When making a PDA development application, the application will be assessed using the process set out in the Urban Land Development Authority Act 2007 (the Act) and against the Greater Flagstone PDA Development Scheme.
How can you lodge a PDA development application with the ULDA?
Following declaration, all new development applications are required to be made to the ULDA. There are two options available:
- hand deliver the application to the ULDA Office, Level 4, 229 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane
- post the application to the Urban Land Development Authority, GPO Box 2202, Brisbane QLD 4001.
Please refer to the development assessment page for information (e.g. application form) regarding the lodgement of your development application.
How long will it take to complete developing the Greater Flagstone PDA?
The ULDA is not the developer within the Greater Flagstone PDA. The ULDA has assumed the planning powers of local government and some state agencies - including assessing and deciding development applications.
Full development of the Greater Flagstone PDA is expected to take 30–40 years. However, construction of new housing developments is likely to commence by the end of 2011.
Houses will 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 Priority Development Area is developed?
In the preparation of the development scheme the 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 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 Greater Flagstone 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 the ULDA must consider any submissions made to it about the application during the submission period.
What will housing look like in the Greater Flagstone PDA?
The ULDA 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 Greater Flagstone 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 Greater Flagstone 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 the ULDA focuses on the objective of minimising the price of new housing by:
- getting land to market faster
- streamlining development approvals
- simplifying planning requirements.
The ULDA is not a public housing or social housing provider. In Queensland, public housing is provided by the Department of Communities.
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 up to four storeys.
What happens with infrastructure provision?
The ULDA recognises that the success of the Greater Flagstone PDA relies on the timely delivery of appropriate infrastructure.
The development scheme includes an infrastructure plan which outlines infrastructure delivery divided into 2 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 charges that will apply within the PDA and fund the delivery of infrastructure.
The ULDA worked with Logan City Council, state agencies, land holders and developers in devising the funding framework.
Can the ULDA compulsorily acquire property?
The ULDA does not have compulsory land acquisition powers and cannot forcibly acquire anyone's land.