Narangba Innovation Precinct TLPI

Council is working to better understand the environmental health impacts and economic value of the Narangba Innovation Precinct to guide future planning decisions about development in and around the precinct. This is in response to the Queensland Government’s Narangba Innovation Precinct (East) Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI), which was implemented by the Planning Minister in July 2020.
Find out more about the Narangba Innovation Precinct Study

About the Narangba Innovation Precinct

The Narangba Innovation Precinct is an industrial estate developed by the Queensland Government in the 1970s as an area to support a range of industrial land use types. The precinct is located adjacent to the Bruce Highway and Boundary Road at Narangba, with parts of the precinct on the west and east side of the highway. 

The South East Queensland Regional Plan 2017 (ShapingSEQ) identifies the area as a major enterprise and industrial precinct because it is a significant contributor to the regional economy. The precinct is also one of very few industrial estates that caters for large scale, hard-to-locate industries in SEQ.

The part of the precinct on the eastern side of the highway is where a number of existing higher impact or (traditionally referred to as) noxious and hazardous industrial land uses are located. These uses are defined as 'High Impact Industry(PDF, 481KB)' and 'Special Industry(PDF, 481KB)' respectively in the Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) Planning Scheme 2016.

The emergence of both industrial land-uses in the precinct and the proximity of residential land uses in the vicinity of the precinct have caused challenges for both the residential living environment and industrial business operating conditions. This is particularly relevant to the area east of the highway.

About the Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI) and managing industry in the precinct

The Queensland Government has taken a step to support local industry in the eastern part of the precinct, while ensuring nearby residential areas are protected from potential adverse amenity impacts. The Queensland Government has decided to do this through a Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI) that will be in place for two (2) years, and having effect from 3 July 2020.

A copy of the TLPI is available on the Queensland Government’s website.

A TLPI is a statutory instrument which sets out planning and development assessment policies to protect all or part of a local government area from adverse impacts in urgent or emergent circumstances.

Refer Queensland Government website for more information on a TLPI.

The TLPI provides the basis for land use decisions. It will operate in conjunction with existing standards and requirements in the MBRC Planning Scheme and other State approval processes and mechanisms which address environmental protection, hazardous activities (including fire and explosion risk), health, safety and amenity impacts. Such matters are considered carefully in the assessment and approval of industrial activities.

In this regard, it is important to note that:

  • The MBRC Planning Scheme has standards for management of hazardous chemicals, fire fighting operations, noise management for sensitive uses, protection of the natural environment, management of waste and mitigation of environmental contaminants that the operator must meet for the industrial activity to be established;
  • The MBRC Planning Scheme encourages the incorporation of sustainable practices for industrial activities;
  • Industrial activities are also regulated by the Queensland Government through such mechanisms as environmental authorities under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 and licences for major hazard facilities under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011; and
  • Operators of major hazard facilities are granted licences of up to five years if the facility is able to operate safely and control identified risks.

In recent years the standards for operation of industry have increased, which has created a greater level of safety.

The TLPI sets aside certain sections of the MBRC Planning Scheme and contains additional regulation for new and existing ‘High impact industry’ and existing ‘Special industry’ that protects nearby residential areas from potential adverse amenity impacts. It contains planning and development assessment policies and provisions that relate specifically to the eastern side of the highway only. Importantly, the TLPI does not support any new Special industry uses coming into the precinct.

The TLPI was prepared in consultation with Council because this is an important community issue that will need to be addressed comprehensively as part of a future amendment to the MBRC Planning Scheme.

View answers to a number of frequently asked questions about the TLPI

Next steps - developing a long-term policy position

As the TLPI is a temporary planning measure, Council must now develop a longer-term land use policy position that balances the protection and viability of industry activities in the precinct with the safety, health and amenity of surrounding areas. 

To help inform this policy position, Council has commenced the Narangba Innovation Precinct Study. This study will provide accurate, up-to-date data and information from a range of environmental health and economic value investigations.

These investigations will help Council to better understand any current and potential future off-site impacts generated by the precinct, as well as its economic value to the Moreton Bay region. This in turn will inform the policy position and any potential future amendment to the MBRC Planning Scheme. 

Find out more

Further updates and information will be provided as the project progresses throughout 2021 and 2022.

For any enquiries, contact the Narangba Innovation Precinct Study project team: