Queensland Government releases Transit Oriented Development Guide

THE Queensland Government has released the Transit Oriented Development Guide, with Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Stirling Hinchliffe, saying the Guide will assist in the delivery of sustainable, well designed and connected communities.

Mr Hinchliffe said Transit Oriented Developments (TODs) were mixed-use precincts built close to existing or future rail, light rail or busway stations. He said TODs would allow residents to live close to the CBD with a reduced reliance on cars.

The TOD guide comprises a series of documents including a Guide for practitioners in Queensland, a Guide to community diversity and a Guide for development in a railway environment.

"Transit Oriented Developments will allow residents to live, work and play in areas with fantastic access to transport, shops, restaurants, employment opportunities and public spaces with a reduced reliance on cars," Mr Hinchliffe said.

Mr Hinchliffe said that TODs will help address issues associated with population growth such as traffic congestion, housing affordability, changing household types as well as the effects of climate change. He cited South Bank and Kelvin Grove Urban Village as good examples of successful TODs. The government and Brisbane City Council are working to deliver a TOD at Yeerongpilly.

"The TOD Guide outlines how TODs can help create a prosperous and sustainable future through good planning and proactive growth management," Mr Hinchliffe said.

More information on TODs is available from the Department of Infrastructure and Planning website at <http://www.dip.qld.gov.au/TOD>.

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