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As the economic, social and cultural hub of Queensland, South East Queensland (SEQ) has been subject to sustained high levels of growth since the early 2000s. While this growth has significantly altered the region, the state government has been successful in harnessing the opportunities it has provided to enhance SEQ's liveability and prosperity, through utilising effective growth management tools and frameworks such as the South East Queensland Regional Plan.

The first statutory regional plan for SEQ came into effect in 2005, and the current regional plan (the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 (PDF icon 3.5 MB) refined and modified the strategic directions, principles and policies of the first statutory plan, in response to changing circumstances and revised population forecasts.

As part of the government's ongoing commitment to planning in SEQ, the department has undertaken a review of the current SEQ Regional Plan 2009–2031. This review has resulted in the development of the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan (PDF icon 9.83 MB) (ShapingSEQ).

ShapingSEQ provides a framework for managing the region's growth over the next 25 years and sets a vision for the next 50 years. Its development has included significant consultation with state and local governments and the community in response to the region's expected changing population, both in size (5.3 million people by 2041) and demographics.

ShapingSEQ proposes policy directions and benchmarks to address this expected growth, including creating a region which is well-designed with communities that provide a diverse range of affordable living. It also seeks to boost jobs growth across the region, in the industries of the future. ShapingSEQ will drive for a region that is smart, sustainable, compact, connected, safe and healthy for now and into the future.

A series of background papers and technical notes have been developed to support the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan.

In line with the state government's focus on ensuring genuine public participation, transparency and engagement in the planning process, the draft plan is now available for public consultation. Formal submissions are invited on ShapingSEQ from Thursday 20 October 2016 to midnight, Friday 3 March 2017.

Online maps are available.

Submissions can be provided in one of the following three ways:

  1. online submission form
  2. in writing to:
    Draft South East Queensland Regional Plan feedback
    Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
    PO Box 15009
    City East Qld 4000
  3. email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The South East Queensland Regional Plan includes the local government areas of:

  • Brisbane City Council
  • City of Gold Coast Council
  • Ipswich City Council
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • Redland City Council
  • Scenic Rim Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Council
  • Toowoomba Regional Council (part only).

For more information please contact the department.

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