Queensland Government calls-in Milton train station development

MINISTER for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe said today he has called-in a proposed Transit Oriented Development (TOD) at Railway Terrace, Milton.

On 3 February 2010 the Brisbane City Council (BCC) approved the development application by FKP for the mixed-use development at Cribb Street and Railway Terrace in Milton. However, this approval was due to be appealed in the Planning and Environment Court by a local resident's action group due to concerns regarding compliance with the town plan.

The proposed development is comprised of 303 residential units and a gym, retail, restaurant, office and railway facilities. The Government also said the development could provide significant station upgrades including station access, platforms, community artwork and ticket offices.

Mr Hinchliffe said he called-in the proposed 31 storey development adjacent to Milton Station on grounds of state interest and to allow the project to be reassessed ahead of lengthy court action that could jeopardise the potential development.

"A cornerstone of the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 is the improved integration between land use and transport," Mr Hinchliffe said. "The regional plan identifies the importance of additional residential redevelopment in well located urban areas to meet Brisbane's infill dwelling targets. The delivery of TODs is a key policy if we are to meet these targets," he said.

The Government said the South East Queensland Regional Plan has identified that TODs in urban growth areas, including Milton, would help to address population growth issues.

The Planning Minister has the power to call-in applications under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. This provision allows the Minister to decide an application in place of the relevant local government. The Planning Minister can 'call-in' a development based on State Interest Grounds.

"Calling-in this development allows a reassessment of the development application and final decision on the project to be made in a much shorter time frame," Mr Hinchliffe said. The Minister said he will use the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) to reassess the application and make a final – and binding – decision in 20 business days.

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