Declared Master Planned Area
In February 2012, the Queensland Government declared Caboolture West a Master Planned Area.
This declaration signalled the start of a comprehensive planning process to include Caboolture West into Moreton Bay Regional Council's new planning scheme.
The initial Council led planning investigation was completed in December 2013 with Council resolving to include part of the
investigation area as an emerging community in its planning scheme.
Council's decision to include the Caboolture West
Local Plan in the Moreton Bay Planning Scheme fulfills:
requirement of the Minister's Declaration on 17 January 2012 that
Council apply within 24 months after the date of the Declaration to
publicly notify the proposed structure; and
commencement of changes to the Sustainable Planning Act on 22
November 2012 that the structure plan be transitioned into the
Moreton Bay Regional Council's planning scheme.
At minute pages 13/2955 and 13/2956 (Recommendation 3) Council
That when the Council's draft planning scheme is submitted
for state interest review, the Chief Executive Officer be
authorised to advise the Minister:
accordance with changes to the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 which
require the Caboolture West structure plan to be transitioned into
the Moreton Bay Regional Council's SPA 2009 planning scheme the
draft planning scheme includes a local plan that makes provision
for Caboolture West Master Planned Area as declared in February
Council's decision to make provision for the Caboolture West Master
Planned Area is dependent on the outcome and financial impact of
the State Government's review of the local infrastructure planning
and charges framework and the terms of the legislation proposed to
replace the Sustainable Planning Act 2009;
- The Council
may ask the Minister to complete the state interest review on a
version of the draft planning scheme that does not provide for the
Caboolture West Master Planned Area once the outcome and financial
impact of the State government's review of the local infrastructure
planning and charges framework and the terms of the legislation
proposed to replace the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, are
Area & scope
The master planned area declaration covers approximately 6,500 hectares of land immediately west of Caboolture and Morayfield. The area is bound to the north by the D'Aguilar Highway and Caboolture River Road to the south.
View printer friendly version Map of the declared MPA [PDF 1MB].
Initial investigation now completed
During 2013 Council undertook research and investigations
into the opportunity to develop a new community in the Caboolture
West study area. A number of information sessions were held in
March, June and December 2013 to provide information to the
public about this work.
Just prior to the December information sessions, Council
resolved, subject to the outcome and financial impact of the State
Government's review of the local infrastructure planning and
charges framework and the terms of the legislation proposed to
replace the Sustainable Planning Act 2009,to expand the existing
urban area into Caboolture West and to include this new urban
development area as a Local Plan in its planning
The public information posters at the December
information sessions included an Illustrative Master Plan showing
indicatively how the area might be developed over several
decades. This Illustrative Master Plan is not a statutory
plan and is only provided to indicate one possible interpretation
of the Local Plan provisions.
The illustrative Master Plan
allowed Council to prove the capability and suitability of the area
to accommodate a major new urban community and will act as a guide
to more detailed planning to be undertaken by Council, land owners
The Local Plan provisions will themselves be subject to
review and amendment periodically over time as part of the normal
planning cycle required by Queensland planning legislation, and as
further more detailed neighbourhood level planning is undertaken
progressively by Council.
Early in the investigation process Council drafted a number of
development scenarios. These scenarios were developed to test a
number of options for expansion of the existing urban area into
View the Caboolture West Development Scenarios [PDF 900KB].
The final preferred development scenario for Caboolture West was
derived from the medium town option with appropriate amendments to
reflect the outcomes of more detailed planning work.
The following criteria were individually assessed to determine
the overall performance of each scenario:
- A well planned town
- A healthy
- A prosperous
- Housing choice
for all budgets
- Value for
money / investment
- A sense of
place - 'Welcome to Caboolture West'
- Support for
A similar assessment has been carried out on the final plan to
be included in the Moreton Bay Regional Council planning
A Local Plan has been prepared based on the medium town
scenario using several well established urban design methods to
explore, and test design options. The urban
design process also utilises the MBRC Place Model described in the Moreton Bay Strategic Framework.
The Local Plan
is included in Council's planning scheme. The Caboolture West Local Plan contains maps, diagrams, codes and
policies to guide future more detailed planning and development of
the Caboolture West urban development area.
Council approved a project plan for the Caboolture West MPA on 19 February 2013.
The following were key milestones for the project:
- Context and
Study Area Investigations completed in March 2013
Development Scenarios formulated by July 2013
preferred scenario by September 2013
development feasibility and adoption of broad land use plan and
infrastructure strategy in December quarter, 2013
- Inclusion of the
Caboolture West Local Plan in Council's planning scheme February 2016
Frequently asked questions
View frequently asked questions about the Caboolture West Master Plan.