Woolloongabba UDA to feature transit oriented development as part of draft structure plan

QUEENSLAND Premier Anna Bligh yesterday released plans for a new Gabba precinct to include a public park the size of ANZAC square and based around a major transport hub linked to the Cross River Rail project.

The Woolloongabba Urban Development Area (UDA) Draft Structure Plan follows the announcement last week that one of four new underground Cross River Rail stations will be located at Woolloongabba.

The Structure Plan, prepared by the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA), was released for community consultation yesterday, with construction possibly commencing as early as 2012.

The UDA has a total area of just over 10 hectares and is located approximately 2 kilometres south-east of Brisbane's CBD. The UDA is bounded by Vulture Street to the north, Main Street to the east, Stanley Street to the south and Allen Street to the west. Allen Street is included within the UDA boundary.

Ms Bligh said the plan details a mixed-use, inner-city community, featuring residential, retail, commercial, employment, recreation and community facilities, with access to public transport services.

Ms Bligh said the need for more transit oriented developments was a key outcome of the recent Queensland Growth Management Summit. Ms Bligh said developing Woolloongabba would take development pressure off suburbs.

A major bus and train transport hub, incorporating the existing Wooloongabba bus station and proposed underground Cross River Rail station is central to the plan, which outlines a special transport investigation area.

The plan also proposes mixed-use development of up to 40 stories above the transport interchange and 20 to 30 maximum story heights across other parts of the site.

Infrastructure and Planning Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe, said the ULDA was seeking to provide a diversity of housing options, great public spaces, outstanding transport links and new employment opportunities all within a unique shopping and entertainment hub.

It is expected to take approximately 15 to 20 years to achieve the development vision but the ULDA has said it is identifying short and medium term residential and mix-use development opportunities.

The first development-ready site could be released to the market late next year, after approval of the final Development Scheme in April.

The Woolloongabba Draft Structure Plan is available for public comment from 19 to 30 July and more information can be obtained from the ULDA website at <http://www.ulda.qld.gov.au/>.

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