Where is the Yarrabilba Urban Development Area (UDA)?
Yarrabilba is located within Logan City, 20km south of Logan Central. Most of the area is a former commercial pine plantation bounded by the Plunkett Conservation Park to the east, Waterford Tamborine Road to the west and Plunkett Road to the south.
The Yarrabilba Urban Development Area (UDA) covers a total area of 2222 hectares.
What will the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA) do within the Yarrabilba Urban Development Area?
The Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA) is the planning entity for the area and as such has prepared a development scheme for the Yarrabilba UDA that outlines:
- a vision for the UDA
- the type of development that can occur in the area in the future (i.e. a land use plan)
- the infrastructure required to support strategies and mechanisms to complement the land use plan and infrastructure plan (i.e. an implementation strategy).
The Yarrabilba UDA Development Scheme ( 4.64 MB) has been approved and is now in effect.
The ULDA is:
- Responsible for assessing and deciding development applications within the UDA. All development applications within the UDA will be assessed against the Yarrabilba UDA development scheme.
- Working with landowners and developers to deliver urban developments that include a range of housing styles and densities at a variety of price points, incorporating best practice sustainability and design, supported by essential infrastructure.
What is the vision for Yarrabilba?
Yarrabilba will be a new, self-contained town that will provide an attractive lifestyle in a well designed urban community for up to 50,000 people in 20,000 dwellings. Yarrabilba achieves the potential identified in the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031, providing a wide range of housing choices and employment opportunities, supported by community services and public transport.
Support for employment creation opportunities, in particular the provision of early on-site jobs and work-from-home opportunities will be a key to the effective delivery of Yarrabilba. A high degree of employment in a range of occupations will be contained within the UDA. Education and training will be offered in the area to provide an appropriately skilled workforce and opportunities for life-long learning.
A wide range of community facilities will cater for a variety of activities and interests, providing opportunities for life-long learning and recreation, promoting health and safety and meet the needs of the future Yarrabilba community.
Community infrastructure, including a bus service, will be developed in the UDA and the population will be supported initially by services located in the Logan area. Yarrabilba will provide a diversity of housing, including affordable and accessible housing to cater for the broad demographic mix attracted to the area and changes in lifestyle as the community matures.
Development will preserve and enhance important environmental values in the UDA. Development will achieve a fauna corridor linking remnant vegetation in the Plunkett Conservation Park in the east and the Birnam Range west of the UDA, providing movement opportunities and habitat for a number of species, including the koala.
What is the Indicative Major Transport Corridor?
The Indicative Major Transport Corridor is shown on Maps 2, 3 and 5 of the proposed development scheme. This corridor caters for the potential future east-west road linking the Pacific Motorway to Flagstone and potentially to the Greater Ipswich area, to meet the transport needs of the growing communities in the south west corridor.
This corridor, identified in the Mt Lindesay/Beaudesert Strategic Transport Network Investigation (2009), is comprised of three sections:
- East - Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road to the Pacific Motorway
- Middle - Flagstone to Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road
- West - Flagstone to Springfield/Ipswich
The indicative route, which traverses the northern section of the Yarrabilba UDA, has been nominated following investigations by the Department of Transport and Main Roads and is required to preserve a suitable corridor to integrate the future road network with land use planning. The extension outside the UDA boundary to the east and west requires further detailed investigations and studies to identify the most suitable arrangements for the network.
What specialist advice has the ULDA received to assist with the preparation of the development scheme?
The ULDA has sought specialist technical advice from other state government agencies, the Logan City Council and experts on the following issues:
- road network
- hydraulic engineering requirements for flood management and stormwater quality management matters
- civil engineering on the extent of urban infrastructure
- economic aspects of regional employment
How does the ULDA development assessment process differ from the assessment process under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009?
Development applications over land outside a UDA are made to and assessed by the local government authority under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) and against the planning scheme.
Development applications over land within a UDA are instead made to and assessed by the ULDA under the Urban Land Development Authority Act 2007 and against the UDA development scheme.
What happens to a development application that was lodged with Logan City Council prior to declaration?
When a UDA is declared development applications already lodged with the local government for the area continue to be assessed and decided by the local government under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) and the provisions of the relevant planning scheme.
What happens to a building application?
The ULDA is not responsible for assessing building work against the Building Act 1975. These applications continue to be made under SPA, which provides for private certification.
What will happen when a development application is lodged with the ULDA?
When making a UDA development application, the application will be assessed using the process set out in the Urban Land Development Authority Act 2007 and against the Yarrabilba UDA Development Scheme.
How can you lodge a development application with Economic Development Queensland?
At the lodgement of a development application, a preliminary review is undertaken to ensure that all relevant information has been provided prior to accepting the application. If necessary, the applicant can request an acceptance letter to be issued after this review.
To lodge a development application either:
- Hand deliver by appointment to:
Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
63 George Street, Brisbane.
- Post to:
Economic Development Queensland
PO Box 15009
City East QLD 4002
When lodging a development application, the application will be assessed against the Economic Development Act 2012 and initially the interim land use plan until a development scheme becomes effective for the area.
To lodge a development application, please complete the development application form ( 2.0 MB) and forward it to the department in accordance with the details provided on this form.
How long will it take the ULDA to complete developing the Yarrabilba UDA?
The ULDA is not the developer within the Yarrabilba UDA. The ULDA has assumed the planning powers of local government and some state agencies - including assessing and deciding development applications.
Full development of the Yarrabilba UDA is expected to take 20-30 years. However, it is anticipated that construction of new housing developments is likely to commence by the end of 2011.
Houses will be sold on the open market. The developer will make available details of how to purchase homes, when they become available.
Will I have a say on how the Urban Development Area is developed?
In the preparation of the development scheme the ULDA consulted with Logan City Council, the state government and the community. The proposed development scheme was publicly notified from 1 April to 20 May 2011 in accordance with the requirements of the Act. In addition, the ULDA hosted a number of community information sessions to provide opportunities for the community to view details of the proposed development scheme and speak with ULDA staff. Submissions were received during the public notification period in regards to the proposed development scheme, which were taken into consideration before the scheme was submitted to the Minister for approval.
The Yarrabilba Submissions Report includes a summary of key issues raised in the submissions during public notification of the development scheme.
The development scheme outlines the requirements for notification of a UDA development application which provides an opportunity for people to make submissions. In deciding a UDA development application the ULDA must consider any submissions made to it about the application during the submission period.
What will housing look like in the Yarrabilba UDA?
The ULDA will work with key stakeholders to help deliver commercially viable development that includes diverse, affordable, sustainable housing and incorporate best-practice urban design.
New development in Yarrabilba will provide a range of housing choices to cater for the diverse needs of the local community through a mix of densities, types, designs, price points and home ownership and rental options.
Development will deliver neighbourhoods that appropriately interface with existing houses adjoining the UDA boundary by considering densities through appropriate planning and design controls such as lot layout, transitional uses, building form controls such as building height and setbacks, hard or soft buffers, building design or a combination of mitigating measures. Development will respect adjoining land uses that predated the UDA through planning and design that preserves existing amenity.
Non-residential development within the UDA will preserve residential amenity through a variety of mechanisms such as open space or landscaped buffers, low impact transitional uses, reduced scale of buildings and other structures in transition areas.
Who will live in the housing?
Anyone can live in the Yarrabilba UDA. The diversity of product will ensure people from a range of socio-economic groups and professions can live within the UDA, including construction and industry workers, teachers, nurses, retail workers and hairdressers as well as singles, families and seniors.
To achieve affordable houses the ULDA focuses on the objective of minimising the price of new housing by:
- getting land to market faster
- streamlining development approvals
- simplifying planning requirements.
The ULDA is not a public housing or social housing provider. In Queensland, public housing is provided by the Department of Communities.
What height will buildings be?
The development scheme sets out maximum building heights to regulate development in the respective land use zones, neighbourhoods or centres identified in the land use plan. Houses in residential neighbourhoods will generally be one to two storeys. Development in and around centres that are planned for mixed uses such as retail, commercial and residential, will be more than two storeys in height. Development in industry areas will include a range of building heights from 4 to 8 storeys depending on the proximity to adjoining existing land uses.
What happens with infrastructure provision?
The ULDA recognises that the success of the Yarrabilba UDA relies on the timely delivery of appropriate infrastructure.
The development scheme includes an infrastructure plan which outlines infrastructure delivery divided into two components, local infrastructure and sub-regional infrastructure. The developer will be required to deliver local infrastructure, such as the provision of roads, sewer and water supply, the early provision of public transport and land for community infrastructure to service the development along with a contribution towards sub-regional infrastructure. The infrastructure plan details the timing and provision of sub-regional infrastructure dependent on the rates of development for the UDA. Sub-regional infrastructure includes major trunk works for connection to council's and state's transport network systems and the local water authority's treatment system.
To ensure the delivery of this infrastructure an infrastructure funding framework has been prepared. The framework sets the charges that will apply within the UDA and fund the delivery of infrastructure.
The ULDA worked with Logan City Council, state agencies, land holders and developers in devising the funding framework.
Can the ULDA compulsorily acquire property?
The ULDA does not have compulsory land acquisition powers and cannot forcibly acquire anyone's land.