Shaping SEQ – draft regional plan released for public consultation
The draft South East Queensland Regional Plan (Shaping SEQ) is the Queensland Government’s new regional planning framework to sustainably manage change and growth in SEQ. Some of the key initiatives of the draft plan include:
- A 50 year vision for the region;
- Planning to build a globally competitive regional economy;
- Focusing more development in our existing urban areas;
- Identifying 8200ha of new urban land, as well as 13,600ha added in planned growth areas;
- Placing a greater emphasis on public and active transport;
- Maximising the use of existing infrastructure;
- Protecting SEQ’s regional landscape and natural assets;
- Identifying and mapping regional biodiversity corridors and values;
- Using employment planning benchmarks to ensure that land and infrastructure are planned for and delivered locally to meet our growth projections;
- Valuing design as a way to create more housing choice and memorable and liveable urban places and spaces.
The regional plan focuses on 5 central themes derived from the community conversations program which was undertaken from 13 May to 29 June 2016. The themes include the following:
The consultation period finishes on Friday 3 March 2017. The regional planning Minister will consider all properly made submissions about the plan and its regulation during this period. The views of the community will help refine the regional plan and the regulatory provisions before they are finalised and brought into effect in mid-2017.
The plan can be accessed online at shapingseq.com.au.