Where is the Southern Thornlands Potential Future Growth Area (STPFGA) located?

    The cadastral boundaries of the Southern Thornlands Potential Future Growth Area (STPFGA) are not defined in ShapingSEQ or the Redland City Plan. 

    To undertake confidential investigations for the area, Council resolved on 9 October 2019 to endorse the spatial boundaries for the STPFGA area.  

    Following consideration of the confidential report on the STPFGA, Council agreed on the 16 September to write to the Planning Minister on 25 September 2020 and to commence a public consultation period on the draft proposals beginning on 28 September 2020.

    The decision makes the Council Report and attachment, including the spatial extent of the Southern Thornlands Potential Future Growth Area publicly available.These documents are also available for download in the 'Documents' section of this web page.

    What is the Southern Thornlands Potential Future Growth Area (STPFGA)?

    In the South East Queensland Regional Plan (ShapingSEQ), Southern Thornlands is identified as a Potential Future Growth Area (PFGA). 

    ShapingSEQ states that STPFGA may be required to accommodate long term urban growth. Accordingly, these areas are located in the Regional Landscape and Rural Production Area (i.e. outside the Urban Footprint). 

    This land use designation is assigned to protect these areas from further development and fragmentation that would prejudice their ability to accommodate future urban development.

    Specific commentary within Part C: Sub-regional directions of ShapingSEQ contains the following statement:

    'Redland City Council is required to investigate this area in the short-term, including its potential as a future employment area. The investigations must determine its appropriate use, with the intent of the area defined, and appropriately reflected in the planning scheme, by the end of 2019.'

    This directive provides a rationale for undertaking investigations to consider the suitability of the STPFGA to accommodate employment generating and other uses before 2041.

    What happened at the 16 September 2020 General Meeting?

    At its General Meeting on 16 September 2016, Council considered a confidential report on the STPFGA and made a resolution, which is available for download in the 'Documents' section of this web page. 

    In summary, the key actions/outcomes Council resolved to adopt, include:

    • Endorsing a preferred future land use intent for the STPFGA – see the file named 'Council endorsed land use intents for the Southern Thornlands Potential Future Growth Area' in the Documents section;
    • Undertaking city-wide consultation on the preferred future land use intents from 28 September – 20 November 2020;
    • Confirming the intention to prepare a Major Amendment to City Plan, informed by community views expressed through the consultation period referenced above;
    • To submit to the Planning Minister as per the Ministerial Direction received on 23 July:
      • A written report outlining the outcomes of the investigation of the STPFGA.
      • A statement outlining the proposed major amendments to City Plan as a result of the investigation and the reasons for this position.
      • A community engagement plan outlining a proposed City-wide public consultation exercise on the preferred future land use intent of the STPFGA, as outlined in Attachment 4, Option 2.
    • To contact the State Government requesting the establishment of a formal partnership to progress detailed planning of the STPFGA to deliver the preferred future land use intents, stimulate development and facilitate economic recovery.
    • To undertake a review of the industrial employment projections and industrial land requirements for Redland City to 2041 to ensure sufficient industrial land is available.

    When did the consultation period on Council's proposed land uses for the STPFGA take place?

    Council publicly consulted on the proposed future land use intents for the STPFGA from 28 September 2020 – 20 November 2020. The consultation period ran for 39 business days (excluding the Queen's Birthday public holiday on Monday 5 October 2020).

    What if I agree/disagree with Council's preferred future land use intent for the STPFGA?

    Council is undertaking public consultation to gauge the community's views on the proposed future land use intents. 

    Council encourages all community members to submit their views on the proposals to help inform a potential future amendment to City Plan. 

    Council is particularly interested in understanding whether the community supports the future land use proposals, the reason for their views and suggestions for possible changes to the draft proposals.

    How will Council consider my submission?

    At the end of the consultation period, Council officers will collate feedback from the community on the proposed future land use intents and present a public submission report to Council for consideration. Community feedback will assist Council in resolving its future land use intent for the Southern Thornlands PFGA and determining whether any amendment to City Plan may be required. If a major amendment is necessary, it will be undertaken in accordance with the Minister’s Guidelines and Rules and will include a State Interest Review and mandatory public consultation.

    Will I get another chance to have my say?

    Most likely. If a future major amendment to City Plan is required to reflect the proposed future land use intent for the STPFGA, it will be submitted to the State Government for State Interest Review. Pending the Planning Minister’s approval, the proposed future amendment would then be released for an additional public consultation phase, as required by the Minister’s Guidelines and Rules.

    When will the next public consultation phase occur?

    If a future major amendment to City Plan is required to reflect the proposed future land use intent for the STPFGA, it is expected it could take between 6-12 months to be prepared and approved by the Planning Minister. Once these steps are completed, the amendment package would be released for public consultation.

    Why weren't the investigations completed by the end of 2019, as outlined in the South East Queensland Regional Plan (ShapingSEQ)?

    Council decided to develop a Rural Enterprise Industry Sector Plan before undertaking the requisite investigations outlined in ShapingSEQ. The action plan was adopted by Council on 17 June 2020 and is available on Council's website: https://www.redland.qld.gov.au/download/downloads/id/3314/redlands_coast_rural_enterprise_industry_sector_plan_2019-2024.pdf.

    Why is Council making information available to the community now?

    Council has determined to make draft proposals for the STPFGA available for public comment in response to both Ministerial direction for landholder engagement and to help inform the preparation of a future 'major amendment' to City Plan, for submission to the State Government for State Interest Review.

    What is ShapingSEQ?

    ShapingSEQ is the Queensland Government's plan to guide the future of the South East Queensland region. It provides a regional framework for managing urban growth by identifying a long term sustainable pattern of development and ensuring that land use and infrastructure planning is well integrated. The ShapingSEQ document is available for viewing here: https://dilgpprd.blob.core.windows.net/general/shapingseq.pdf

    Why is the potential future use of the area being investigated?

    Council has been directed by the State Government to investigate this area's potential as a future employment area. 

    The State requires that Council undertake investigations to determine appropriate area use(s), and to reflect those uses in future City Plan.     

    How can I contact Council to discuss these matters further?

    By email: rcc@redland.qld.gov.au

    By phone: (07) 3829 8999 – request to speak to the strategic planning unit.