Due to unprecedented demand for new housing in the region, Moreton Bay Council has requested approval to make a Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI), to deliver a more sustainable urban community. 

Identified as two of the state’s significant growth areas, Morayfield South along with Caboolture West are planned to accommodate more than 35,000 additional dwellings in the Moreton Bay region.

Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for Planning, Steven Miles, said smart flexible planning and delivery is needed to accommodate growth and people flocking to Queensland from interstate.

“We have experienced accelerated growth and unprecedented demand for land and housing in South East Queensland and we need to make sure we are catering for that growth, but not at the expense of good planning,” Mr Miles said.

“Moreton Bay Regional Council requested approval to make a TLPI for Morayfield South to improve confidence, transparency and certainty to development in the area.

“This will help to deliver a high-quality, complete urban community while enabling the region to meet its housing needs and support economic growth.

The TLPI will provide a stronger framework for assessing development applications until a planning scheme amendment comes into effect.

“Land supply is a complex matter, and this is a great example of state and local government working together to coordinate the best outcome for the area, while ensuring a well-designed and serviced community for home buyers and renters,” Mr Miles said.

Moreton Bay Mayor, Peter Flannery, said the powers of this TLPI would give Council the ability to deliver a more sustainable urban community, where planning takes into account liveability factors, diverse housing needs, and the supporting infrastructure that’s essential to make communities function well.

“Before new developments get underway it’s vital we know where new roads will go, identify what infrastructure is needed and ensure there are essential community amenities like parks, schools, and community centres for families to enjoy,” Mayor Flannery said.

“There’s significant interest to build in the region, but without better strategic coordination in this area I have been very concerned about the future problems being created, so I thank the Planning Minister Deputy Premier Steven Miles for supporting Council’s request.

“It adds to our significant investment in local roads and infrastructure as part of this year’s record $743 million budget to accommodate the boom our region is experiencing.

“We know the affordability and liveability of our region is fuelling this population boom and with these temporary planning measures in place we can act quickly to ensure a range of housing types are built, that our environment is protected, and that local shops and community connectivity are all considered to give the community greater confidence in our planning.”

The TLPI will be in place for up to two years during which time Council is expected to finalise the necessary planning scheme amendment to come into effect.

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