On 28 January 2016, the Queen's Wharf Brisbane PDA development scheme was approved by the Queensland Government.
Public notification of the proposed development scheme for the Queen's Wharf Brisbane PDA was held from 7 August 2015 to 21 September 2015 (the submission period). During the submission period all interested parties - including the community, residents, and business operators - were invited to view the proposed development scheme and make a written submission for consideration by the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ).
All submissions received during public notification were considered by the MEDQ. The Queen's Wharf Brisbane PDA Submissions Report has been prepared and summarises the submissions received and the merits of those submissions. In some cases, amendments were made to the proposed scheme as a consequence of issues raised in submissions.
People who made a submission during the submission period will be notified that the development scheme has been approved and is now in effect. A copy of the submissions report, approved by the MEDQ, can be downloaded from the link below.
The Queen's Wharf Brisbane PDA Development Scheme is the planning document that will assist in planning, carrying out, promoting, coordinating and controlling the development of land in the PDA. The development scheme supersedes the Interim Land Use Plan, which no longer has effect.
All development applications within the PDA will now be assessed against the development scheme.
Where is the QWB PDA?
The QWB PDA is located in the Brisbane CBD. The PDA is approximately 26.8 hectares incorporating approximately 13.5 hectares over land and 13.3 hectares over the Brisbane River. The PDA is bounded by the Brisbane River, Queen Street, George Street, Alice Street and the Riverside Expressway.
Why has this PDA been declared?
The QWB PDA was declared to facilitate the planning and delivery of the QWB integrated resort development project and establish the necessary policy environment to support the intended development outcome for the site.
Who prepared the QWB PDA development scheme?
The development scheme was prepared by Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) in consultation with Brisbane City Council and state agencies.
What is the vision for the QWB PDA?
The strategic riverside location, scale and significant redevelopment capacity of the QWB PDA will transform Brisbane's CBD, offering unprecedented opportunities to revitalise the south-western edge of the CBD as a tourism, recreation, cultural and entertainment destination for Brisbane.
The redevelopment of this important part of the city will provide the opportunity for a new integrated resort development with a range of related uses including a casino, function and entertainment facilities, hotels, retail, tourist attractions, cultural, convention, residential, landings and recreation uses as well as expansive public realm.
Development in the QWB PDA will:
- provide an iconic contribution to the city form and complement existing development within the PDA
- provide for the conservation of all heritage places and their adaptive reuse to celebrate Brisbane's origins and enhance the rich cultural heritage aspects in and around the PDA
- enhance connectivity and integration between the city and the river front, providing new and reinvigorated areas of public open space which support recreation opportunities, access and enjoyment of the Brisbane River
- support existing and new connections through the PDA and integrate with the surrounding area including key locations in the rest of the CBD and on the southern bank of the Brisbane River.
Who will undertake the development assessment for the QWB PDA?
Development assessment for the QWB PDA will be conducted by Economic Development Queensland.
What happens when a development application is made within the QWB PDA?
When lodging a development application to the MEDQ the application will be assessed against the purposes of the Economic Development Act 2012 and the Queen's Wharf Brisbane PDA Development Scheme.
Why does the QWB PDA boundary extend to the middle of the Brisbane River?
Part of the Brisbane River has also been included within the boundary of the PDA to provide for the potential of water based development associated with the new integrated resort development.
Will any development be permitted in the river?
As set out in the development scheme, it is intended that any development on the Brisbane River protects the natural and cultural values of the river having regard to the need to undertake tidal works and public realm improvements along and within the river. The development scheme also allows for a range of marine infrastructure improvements.
What consultation has been done to date in regards to QWB?
In 2013, the Queensland Government conducted community consultation to seek feedback from the community and key stakeholders on the redevelopment of Queen's Wharf Brisbane. The feedback received, as well as discussions with peak industry bodies and Brisbane City Council, has helped to shape the project's vision and objectives for the competitive bid process and key planning principles of the QWB PDA development scheme.
Most recently, public notification of the Queen's Wharf Brisbane PDA proposed development scheme occurred from 7 August to 21 September 2015. During this period, all interested parties including the community, residents, stakeholders, and local business operators were invited to view the proposed development scheme and make a written submission for consideration by the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ).
How does the Economic Development Act 2012 development assessment process differ from the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 development assessment process?
Development applications over land outside the QWB PDA are made to and assessed by Brisbane City Council under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA). Development applications over land within a PDA are instead made to and assessed by Economic Development Queensland under the Economic Development Act 2012. Under this Act, the assessment process has been streamlined to enable a development application to be assessed and decided generally within 40 business days with state interests managed up-front in the drafting of the development scheme. This shortened timeframe does not include circumstances where there is a need for additional information or public notice of the application.
What is an integrated resort development?
An Integrated Resort Development is a high quality, mixed use destination aimed at providing tourism, leisure and entertainment facilities that appeal to as broad a demographic as possible, including the international market. Such developments deliver broad direct and indirect benefits to the economy and community. They may also include casinos and offer gaming activities integrated with other service offerings to go beyond the traditional stand-alone casino.
Will the heritage buildings be protected as part of this development?
Given the significance of the heritage and cultural value of the area, the development scheme provides for the conservation and adaptive re-use of all heritage places as listed in the Queensland Heritage Register and the Local Heritage Register under the Queensland Heritage Act 1992. Economic Development Queensland will work with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland Heritage Council and independent heritage consultants through the development assessment process.
Will mangroves be protected in the QWB PDA?
The proposed development identifies mangroves which are considered to be significant and require sensitive treatment of mangroves where public realm improvements are proposed in the Brisbane River. The development scheme requires that for mangroves that are Matters of State Environmental Significance (MSES), offsets are to be provided for any significant residual impact on a prescribed environmental matter. The mangroves at the southern end of the QWB PDA are MSES.
Are the existing parks being retained in any future development?
Both Miller Park and Queen's Park will be retained with a range of improvements.
How does this project relate to the Bus and Train Tunnel (BaT) and Cross River Rail projects?
The BaT project in its current form is no longer supported by the Queensland Government. Any replacement project, including Cross River Rail, will be delivered by the Department of Transport and Main Roads with appropriate integration with the precinct.
What are the parking requirements within the PDA?
Development will need to comply with the parking ratios stated in the Brisbane City Plan 2014 for the city centre.