The Community Consultation period begins now for the new draft South East Queensland Regional Plan released today by Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Jackie Trad.
The plan affects the area east from Redland to Toowoomba in the west, north to Noosa and south to Scenic Rim and all local authority areas in between, an area where the population is expected to grow to over 5.3 million people in the next 25 years.
Deputy Premier Trad says the draft has been developed through extensive consultation with the region’s 12 councils, industry and the community and is all about catering for necessary growth sustainably.
“The Draft plan unveils a 50-year vision for the South East, with a focus on community, affordable living, future jobs and maximizing existing infrastructure.”
Residents across South East Queensland are being called on to have their say on the draft plan with extended public consultation open until 3 March 2017.
There will be 22 community events where residents can talk to a planner in each of the 12 council areas.
Deputy Premier Trad says one of the important features of the draft SEQ Regional Plan was a focus on unlocking land that has been identified for urban development but has so far been underutilized.
Some new areas of focus for the draft SEQ Regional Plan are:
- Employment benchmarks to ensure areas of future urban growth are identified
- Greater housing choice – ensures housing diversity meets the changing make-up of our population
- Smart infrastructure investment – public and active transport will be prioritized as a means of accessing local services and employment
The SEQ Regional Plan will inform future State Infrastructure Plan updates
- Identifying areas of regional significance where we can attract investment and high-value economic activities
- Identifying and protecting regional biodiversity corridors
For more information on the draft SEQ Regional Plan, the public consultation and the community events: www.qld.gov.au/shapingseq