20 Oct 2016

The Queensland Government has released the anticipated Draft South East Queensland (SEQ) Regional Plan, ShapingSEQ

Urbis is excited by the opportunities presented through ShapingSEQ and congratulates the Queensland Government on this key policy milestone.

ShapingSEQ provides an important step toward advancing our region. We look forward to working with industry and government on this exciting new chapter for our region.


ShapingSEQ provides a 50-year vision for SEQ (2066). It maintains a 25-year planning horizon (2041) for its strategies, land supply and population estimates.

Key moves proposed by ShapingSEQ are summarised as follows:

  • ShapingSEQ provides a 50-year vision for SEQ (2066). It maintains a 25-year planning horizon (2041) for its strategies, land supply and population estimates.
  • Existing Priority Development Areas have been converted to Urban Footprint.
  • Infill to Greenfield land ratios have changed. The previous 50/50 split for Infill and Greenfield is replaced by a 60 per cent Infill and 40 per cent Greenfield supply ratio.
  • Identified Growth Areas are rebranded as ‘Potential Future Growth Areas’. Their intent is to protect their future potential, but not to promote or support their investigation for urban purposes unless this is determined to be needed by monitoring of land supply.
  • Exploring opportunities for a ‘City Deal’ for SEQ to establish delivery mechanisms for projects identified by ShapingSEQ.
  • An increased focus on promoting economic corridors such as Major Enterprise and Industry Areas, Knowledge and Technology Precincts and on Export-Oriented Businesses.
  • Strategic Passenger Transport corridors are mapped out. A step toward land use and infrastructure planning integration.
  • Inter-urban breaks are reinforced as a policy measure to ensure cities maintain their separate identities.
  • Beerwah East is identified as the sole Major Development Area across the region. To be facilitated via structure planning processes.
  • Local Government Areas are grouped into Metro Sub-Regions. Each Metro Sub-Region includes customised desired outcome statements to guide growth.
  • ShapingSEQ includes an extensive range of new implementation actions. Notable implementation actions include:
    • Investigating and expediting development in underutilised areas of the Urban Footprint.
    • Future review of the regional activity centres network to align with best practice.
    • Development of a design manual for subtropical design.
    • Investigating the use of ‘big data’ to assist in the monitoring of implementation actions.
    • Establishment of a Land Supply and Development Monitoring Program.
  • A greater focus on measuring land supply and development activity including a commitment to an annual land supply review by the Queensland Government.
  • Notification and consultation now open from 20 October 2016 to midnight Friday 3 March 2017.
  • We will provide further analysis and commentary on the new plan over the coming weeks.

For more information or to help you understand the intricacies of the draft ShapingSEQ regional plan, contact one of our SEQ experts below.

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