Why has this PDA been declared?
The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA was declared to establish the necessary policy framework to support the intended development and community outcomes for the area. The redevelopment of the former paper mill site will include the construction of the proposed University of the Sunshine Coast campus, new health, retail, commercial and residential developments and community infrastructure.
Who will prepare The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA development scheme?
The development scheme will be prepared by Moreton Bay Regional Council in consultation with EDQ and other state agencies.
In accordance with section 59 of the Economic Development Act 2012, preparation of the development scheme will include public notification. During the submission period, all interested parties including the community, residents, and business operators will be invited to view the proposed development scheme and make a written submission for consideration by the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ).
What is the vision for The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA?
The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA is located at the nexus of the North Coast Rail Line and the new Moreton Bay Rail Link and provides an opportunity to deliver the new University of the Sunshine Coast campus as well as vital, active, inclusive and integrated mixed-use neighbourhoods that support the university and the existing Petrie town centre as well as promote public transport use. This redevelopment opportunity will revitalise the local area and the broader Moreton Bay Region and support positive local and regional environmental outcomes.
Development in The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA will achieve this vision by:
- delivering the foundation facilities of the new University of the Sunshine Coast campus
- creating a new, vibrant mixed-use precinct to support the university with a focus on education, retail, residential and commercial uses
- promoting high quality urban design
- delivering a new vibrant Main Street, occupied by both temporary and permanent retail and commercial activities to attract visitors to the precinct and encourage them to stay longer
- providing strong integration and connections between existing and new uses as well as the expanded and renewed Petrie Station, the new Kallangur Station and Lawnton Station
- maximising the infrastructure investment in the Moreton Bay Rail Link by providing opportunities to deliver best practice transit oriented development near Petrie, Kallangur and Lawnton stations
- establishing a strong focus on an active public realm including new regional and local playgrounds in strategic locations
- enhancing the PDA’s environmental values and ecological functions by providing expansive conservation areas and a management strategy that promotes the site’s connections to the broader Moreton Bay environmental corridors.
Who will undertake the development assessment for The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA?
Development assessment powers for The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA have been delegated to Moreton Bay Regional Council.
What happens when a development application is made within The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA?
When lodging a development application to Moreton Bay Regional Council the application will be assessed against the purposes of the Economic Development Act 2012 and The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA Interim Land Use Plan (ILUP) until the development scheme has been finalised.
How does the Economic Development Act 2012 development assessment process differ from the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 development assessment process?
Development applications over land within a PDA are made against the ILUP, instead of the local planning scheme and assessed under the Economic Development Act 2012. Under this Act, the assessment process generally occurs within 40 business days. This timeframe does not include circumstances where there is a need for additional information or public notice of the application.
Development applications over land outside a PDA are made to and assessed by the local government authority under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and the planning scheme.
How can you lodge a PDA development application with EDQ?
The forms and processes for lodgement of a PDA development application to Moreton Bay Regional Council can be found on the Moreton Bay Regional Council website.
How is koala conservation treated under the ILUP?
The ILUP includes provisions that manage clearing in areas of koala bushland habitat and areas of rehabilitation habitat as mapped by the state in the South East Queensland Koala Conservation State Planning Regulatory Provisions 2010.
In the koala bushland habitat the ILUP manages clearing depending on the Commonwealth Government’s consideration under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
If the Commonwealth Government decides the clearing is one of the following:
- likely to have significant impacts, then the action requires approval under the EPBC Act (known as a ‘controlled action’) – no further assessment required by MEDQ
- not likely to have significant impacts and therefore does not require approval under the EPBC Act if it proceeds in the form in which it was referred (known as ‘not controlled action particular manner’) – no further assessment required by MEDQ
- not a controlled action – assessment required by MEDQ under the ILUP. Under the ILUP clearing must be minimised to the greatest extent practicable and any clearing must be offset.
Further information on the EPBC Act environment assessment and approval process is available at Department of Environment and Energy website.
In koala rehabilitation habitat, clearing is assessed under the ILUP and must be minimised to the greatest extent practicable and any clearing must be offset.
Other koala conservation measures
The ILUP identifies a range of other measures providing for safe koala-movement infrastructure; on site landscaping that provides food, shelter and movement opportunities and management during construction.
How are other environmental matters protected under the ILUP?
The ILUP provides that any impacts on Matters of State Environmental Significance (MSES) such as wetland habitats, remnant vegetation or marine plants are avoided to the greatest extent practicable, then minimised or mitigated through offsets. These matters of state interest will be assessed during the development assessment process by both council as the delegate and EDQ as part of the state interest check on development applications. The ILUP also includes provisions that support sustainable outcomes including promotion of biodiversity and retention of existing trees where possible for street trees and feature trees in public realm areas like future parks.
How long until the university is operating?
Stage one of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Moreton Bay campus is expected to open and be delivering courses from semester 1 in 2020.
The new university campus is expected to cater for up to 10,000 students within the first 10 years, providing a comprehensive offering of courses including law, business, science, engineering and many specialty courses such as mechatronics. It is anticipated the course offering will grow to more than 100 courses servicing 20,000 students at full capacity.