QUEENSLAND Premier Anna Bligh last week launched a proposal to create new zones to guide urban development in South East Queensland (SEQ).
Under the plan, state and local government would create the following new zones:
- 'Go-Zones' – areas along public transport corridors for higher density development; and
- 'No-go Zones' – established suburbs to be protected from high density development.
Premier Bligh said that the 'Go Zones' could reduce the planning timeline for new developments from years to months, whilst the 'No-go Zones' would "give communities in established suburbs certainty that their neighbourhood won't be transformed by higher density living."
The Premier said that the government aimed to maximise development along major public transport corridors. Such an approach has been promoted by City of Melbourne's Rod Adams and the Transforming Australian Cities' report that encourages higher density development along public transport corridors.
"If we locate appropriate density in these locations, we can encourage more people to swap a car trip for a bus or train trip," Ms Bligh said. "Density around major public transport corridors means we can take the pressure off the suburban character of our cities."
The Premier said she had written to all South East Queensland Mayors seeking their views on the proposal, which will be considered at the next SEQ Regional Planning Committee meeting.
The Queensland Growth Management Summit is scheduled for March 30 and 31, and will look at growth management in Queensland.