South East Queensland Regional Plan

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The South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 (SEQ-RP) is a document designed to guide regional growth and development in South East Queensland, Australia. It was established under the Integrated Planning Act 1997 (Qld), which has now been replaced by The Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and includes South East Queensland State Planning Regulatory Provisions.

SEQ’s population is expected to grow from 2.8 million in 2006 to 4.4 million people by 2031. The plan aims to manage this growth and protect the region’s lifestyle and environment. It responds to issues such as continued high population growth, traffic congestion, koala protection, climate change and employment generation. The plan balances population growth with the need to protect the lifestyle South East Queensland residents value and enjoy.

A draft of the plan was released by the regional planning Minister on 7 December 2008 and was open for public consultation until 1 May 2009. The final plan, released on 28 July 2009, replaces the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2005 - 2026. The plan and its regulatory provisions are administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Planning.

According to the plan 50% of new dwellings in South East Queensland will be accommodated by infill and redevelopment in existing urban areas. Higher density and mixed-use development will be focussed around regional activity centres such as Chermside, Indooroopilly, Ipswich and Southport. The plan does not permit urban development in 85% of the region, including areas in Redland City set aside for koala habitat.

Regional land use patterns[edit]

The plan divides regional land uses into several categories:

  • Regional Landscape & Rural Production Area - identifies land to be protected from inappropriate urban encroachments by residential and other development
  • Urban Footprint - identifies the land necessary for urban expansion and development and covers existing and greenfield areas
  • Rural Living Area - identifies both rural residential development under local government planning schemes and further of such possible developments as are permitted

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Coordinates: 27°39′49″S 152°57′05″E / 27.66361°S 152.95139°E / -27.66361; 152.95139