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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 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).

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.

Review of the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009–2031

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 included a community conversations program between May and June 2016 and 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 during 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.

The draft plan was available for public consultation from 20 October 2016 to midnight 3 March 2017. During this time, the department also hosted:

  • 22 talk to a planner sessions across SEQ
  • a Youth Summit where more than 100 young people came together to design and build communities to showcase their vision for SEQ’s future.

Thank you to everyone who provided a formal submission on the draft ShapingSEQ. Your contributions will help refine the plan before it is released in mid-2017. We are now considering all properly made submissions received.

For more information please contact the department.

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On 3 July 2017, Queensland started operating under new planning legislation – the Planning Act 2016. Information on this page relates to the previous legislation – the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. Learn more about the new planning system.