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Growth areas

The Queensland Government is working to coordinate state planning and infrastructure agencies, local governments and the development industry to help accelerate land supply in growth areas across South East Queensland.

Caboolture West and Southern Redland Bay are growth areas where the Queensland Government is currently taking action to unlock approvals and accelerate planning for future development.

  • The broader Caboolture West area in the Moreton Bay Regional Council has been identified as a major expansion area within the South East Queensland Regional Plan (ShapingSEQ).

    Caboolture West is at the heart of a rapidly growing corridor north of Brisbane. The area is expected to eventually provide approximately 30,000 homes for around 70,000 people and generate close to 23,000 jobs.

    Caboolture West has land utilisation challenges typically found in SEQ. Land fragmentation and incomplete land use and infrastructure planning are impacting on the ability to bring well planned and serviced land and housing to the market.

    Neighbourhood Development Plan 1

    In March 2021 the Queensland Government announced the initial stage of Caboolture West, known as Neighbourhood Development Plan 1 (NDP1), as the first pilot project for the Growth Areas Team to:

    • unlock growth
    • address housing choice and affordability
    • identify the infrastructure necessary to support more liveable communities.

    This pilot project built on the collaboration already underway between the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Unitywater, the Department of Transport and Main Roads and land-owners.

    As a result of the combined efforts of these parties, on 28 September 2021 the Minister approved an amendment to the Moreton Bay Regional Planning Scheme 2014 to facilitate development assessment of around 3,000 residential lots in NDP1.

    The Queensland Government has also invested $10.5 million in loan funding from the Building Acceleration Fund to co-fund water supply and sewerage networks and a sewerage pumping station to support the new residential development.

    Infrastructure planning

    The Growth Areas Team has extended its remit with Caboolture West beyond facilitating outcomes in the NDP1 precinct to accelerating the overarching land use and infrastructure planning for the area. This will pave the way for the next phase of development in this important growth area extending beyond the NDP1 precinct.

    To protect the balance of land across Caboolture West (outside of NDP1) from out of sequence development, until such time as detailed land use and infrastructure planning has been undertaken, on 28 September 2021 the Minister took action to make a Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI). The effect of this TLPI is to suspend the operation of the Moreton Bay Regional Council Planning Scheme 2014.

    This will provide time for a revised land use and infrastructure plan to be prepared and implemented for Caboolture West.

    This new planning framework will better enable development to proceed in an orderly and integrated manner which manages residential, activity centre and industrial land use development, infrastructure and service delivery, as well as natural hazards and environmental corridors.

    Priority Growth Areas legislation

    Caboolture West will be the first area to benefit from new planning legislation to be introduced in 2022.

    The new legislation will formally recognise Caboolture West as a Priority Growth Area.

    Initial work in Caboolture West highlighted various issues:

    • lack of structure planning
    • land holdings in multiple ownerships
    • challenges with the rollout and funding of infrastructure.

    These challenges are common to most growth fronts in South East Queensland. The new planning tool will help deal with these problems.

    Have your say on the Bruce Highway Western Alternative Stage 1 (Caboolture West)

    The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is progressing planning for a new transport corridor through Caboolture West between Moodlu and Moorina. TMR have recently finalised early planning for the Bruce Highway Western Alternative Stage 1 (Caboolture West) and a preferred alignment (including the corridor requirements) has been identified. You can view the project webpage and have your say on the preferred corridor.

  • Southern Redland Bay has been supported by the Queensland Government to accelerate land supply in South East Queensland,.

    The area is expected to be home to more than 10,000 people with capacity for approximately 5000 residential lots. Shoreline, one of the major planned developments in the area, is set to feature 3000 lots alone.

    The Queensland Government coordinated efforts with Redland City Council, state funding programs, state approval authorities, utility providers and landowners to support the efficient delivery of new land to market in this important growth front.

    The Deputy Premier recently made a Ministerial Infrastructure Designation for a waste water treatment plant that will service the Southern Redland Bay growth area.

    The Queensland Government has also invested $15 million in loan funding from the Building Acceleration Fund to co-fund the $30 million waste water treatment plant. The approval, and the funding assistance, will ensure that this essential piece of urban infrastructure is delivered in time to support the staged rollout of land and housing.

New planning legislation

Proposed planning legislation will be introduced in 2022 to deliver better planning outcomes for new population growth locations in South East Queensland.

Priority Growth Areas (PGAs) will be a new planning tool established under the legislation.

This will provide certainty for a collaborative approach between the Queensland Government and local government to ensure better planned communities.

Caboolture West will be the first PGA to benefit from the legislation.

Changes will be made to the Planning Act 2016 and the Planning Regulation 2017.

The Growth Areas Team is also working with local government and industry to identify further PGAs and are currently assessing other potential candidate sites. These will be announced in the 2022.

Last updated: 24 Nov 2021