Key details

The Ripley Valley Priority Development Area (PDA) is located in one of the largest urban growth areas in Australia.

It offers opportunities for further residential growth to meet the region's affordable housing needs.

It covers an area of 4680 hectares and is located approximately five kilometres south west of the Ipswich CBD and south of the Cunningham Highway.

It will potentially develop into 50,000 dwellings to house a population of 120,000 people.

The PDA was declared on 8 October 2010.

Development scheme

The development scheme is the regulatory document which assists with planning, carrying out, promoting, coordinating and controlling land development within the PDA. 

The Ripley Valley PDA Development Scheme commenced on 8 October 2011.

Download the Ripley Valley PDA Development Scheme (PDF icon 3.9 MB)

Note: Amendments to the Economic Development Act 2012 have changed the interpretation of PDA exempt and PDA self-assessable development. More information

Development assessment

Ipswich City Council assesses development applications for this PDA.

All development applications are assessed against the development scheme.

Endorsed context plans

Refer to the Ripley Valley PDA Development Scheme (PDF icon 3.9 MB) for the statutory requirements of a context plan.

Refer to Practice note no. 9 - Context plans (PDF icon 957 KB) for further detail on preparing a context plan. A context plan has been endorsed by the state government and it has been determined that it is consistent with the development scheme.

Download the Ripley Valley endorsed context plans:


Funding and building infrastructure is key to facilitating development within PDAs and is outlined in the Infrastructure Funding Framework.

The Infrastructure Charging and Offset Plan (ICOP) for the Ripley Valley PDA provides details of the infrastructure charges for the PDA and the infrastructure items that may be offset against these charges. It includes maps and plans of infrastructure networks.

Download the Infrastructure charging and offset plan – Ripley Valley PDA (PDF icon 396 KB)

Download the Ripley Valley PDA ICOP maps (PDF icon 12.9 MB)

Ripley Valley PDA boundary map