The Toowoomba Railway Parklands Priority Development Area (PDA) was declared on 12 December 2014 at the request of Toowoomba Regional Council.
The PDA covers land centred on and around the Toowoomba Railyards which extends north to Bridge Street and south to Russell Street, and is bounded by Mort Street to the west and Ruthven–Neil Streets to the east.
The PDA is situated north of Toowoomba's Central Business District (CBD), within the city centre frame. It is focussed around a central parkland on an operational railyard site and Gowrie Creek, surrounded by a mixture of commercial, industrial, retail and residential land uses. It also incorporates a number of places of state and local heritage significance that are representative of the historical composition of land uses within the locality.
The Toowoomba Railway Parklands PDA covers an area of approximately 50 hectares.
Planning and development assessment in the Toowoomba Railway Parklands PDA is managed by Toowoomba Regional Council.
1. Toowoomba North State School
2. Village Fiare Shopping Centre
3. Grand Central Shopping Centre
4. Toowoomba Railway Station
5. Toowoomba Foundry
6. Defiance Flour Mill
7. Willowburn Oval
8. Queens Park
Adoption of the Toowoomba Railway Parklands PDA development scheme
On 28 January 2016, the Toowoomba Railway Parklands PDA Development Scheme was approved by the Queensland Government.
Public notification of the proposed development scheme for the PDA was held from 14 September 2015 to 27 October 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 Toowoomba Railway Parklands 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 Toowoomba Railway Parklands 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 (ILUP), which no longer has effect.
All development applications within the PDA will now be assessed against the development scheme.
The Economic Development Act 2012 (ED Act) provides for a streamlined planning and development framework for PDAs to facilitate economic development and development for community purposes.
Once a site is declared under the Act, a development scheme for the PDA must be prepared.
The development scheme for the Priority Development Area has been prepared by Toowoomba Regional Council.
Vision for the PDA
The Toowoomba Railway Parklands PDA will develop as an active, high quality mixed density urban village which will reinforce and frame the Toowoomba CBD core area. It will embrace its geographic location to integrate industrial, heritage, residential choices and valuable urban parklands through efficiently connected movement corridors. It will provide unique civic and social functions contributing to amenity for the broader Toowoomba region.
Toowoomba Railway Parklands PDA Interim Land Use Plan (ILUP)
Prior to the commencement of the development scheme, development within the PDA was regulated under the Interim Land Use Plan (ILUP). The ILUP has now been replaced by the Toowoomba Railway Parklands PDA Development Scheme.
Why was the Toowoomba Railway Parklands site declared as a PDA?
The Toowoomba Railway Parklands site is a key urban renewal and economic development opportunity for Toowoomba and the region. Significant master planning has already been undertaken and declaration of this site as a PDA builds on this work and improves investor confidence in the site.
It is anticipated that development within the Toowoomba Railway Parklands PDA will:
generate jobs through construction and in the completed development
provide a range of new housing types for the community's changing needs
attract development and new business
deliver development with community benefit (e.g. community infrastructure and key services).
What is council's role within the PDA?
The Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ) has delegated plan preparation and development assessment powers to council. Economic Development Queensland worked with council, state agencies and the community to prepare the development scheme which will be used to guide future development outcomes within the PDA.
Who is responsible for assessing development applications?
Development assessment powers have been delegated from the MEDQ to Toowoomba Regional Council. A development application will be assessed under the Economic Development Act 2012.
Where can I find the development assessment forms?
How does the Economic Development Act 2012 development assessment process differ from the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 development assessment process??
The development assessment process under the Economic Development Act 2012 generally occurs within 40 business days. This timeframe does not include circumstances where there is a need for additional information or public notification of the application.
What happens to a development application that was lodged with council prior to declaration?
When a PDA is declared, development applications lodged with Toowoomba Regional Council prior to the declaration of the PDA continue to be assessed and decided by council under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.