DRAFT planning blueprints for South East Queensland's three new master-planned communities at Yarrabilba, Ripley Valley and Greater Flagstone have been released by the Queensland Government.
The draft plans were released by Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government Paul Lucas last week, who was joined by Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and local MPs Rachel Nolan and Wayne Wendt.
"This is the first time a community building program of this size and scale has been undertaken in Australia and it coincides with the one year anniversary of our government's Growth Management Summit," Mr Lucas said.
Mr Lucas said the release of the draft blueprints marked the start of delivering the necessary planning framework to progress development of the three Urban Development Areas (UDAs).
He said over the next three to four decades, Yarrabilba, Ripley Valley and Greater Flagstone will provide approximately 130,000 dwellings for around 330,000 residents, adding that the developments would feature affordable and sustainable housing.
The Yarrabilba UDA, about 45 kilometres south of the Brisbane CBD, covers approximately 2,220 hectares, with much of the area a former pine plantation.
The Ripley Valley UDA covers an area of 4,688 hectares and is adjacent to existing urban development in the southern outskirts of the Ipswich area, about six kilometres from the Ipswich CBD.
The Flagstone UDA is a non-contiguous area of 7,163 hectares of mostly rural and rural-residential land and located about 40 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD.
The three areas were declared as UDAs on 8 October 2010 as an outcome of the Queensland Growth Management Summit in March 2010 and in response to the growth needs identified in the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009 – 2031.
The declarations of the UDAs in October provided for 'early release' precincts that allowed for immediate lodgement of development applications so that development could start prior to the finalising of the development schemes.
Responsibility for planning and development within the UDAs lies with the Queensland Government's Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA).
ULDA Chief Executive Officer Paul Eagles said a focussed consultation exercise had been undertaken in the run-up to the release of the draft development schemes and that broader consultation would now take place following the release of the documents.