Caboolture West Master Plan

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.

Caboolture West MP Area

Initial investigation

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:

  • the 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
  • following 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.

Council Resolutions

At minute pages 13/2955 and 13/2956 (Recommendation 3) Council resolved:

That when the Council's draft planning scheme is submitted for state interest review, the Chief Executive Officer be authorised to advise the Minister:

  • In 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 2012.
  • The 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 known.

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.

Caboolture West Master Plan

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 scheme.

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 and developers.

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.

Development scenarios

Caboolture West Development

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 Caboolture West.

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
  • Excellent travel choice
  • A healthy environment
  • A prosperous community
  • Housing choice for all budgets
  • Value for money / investment
  • A sense of place - 'Welcome to Caboolture West'
  • Support for regional agriculture

A similar assessment has been carried out on the final plan to be included in the Moreton Bay Regional Council planning scheme.

Local Plan

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.

Timeframe

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
  • Conceptual Development Scenarios formulated by July 2013
  • Identify preferred scenario by September 2013
  • Undertake 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.

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