High Density Housing Here to Stay as Bligh Government Releases South East Queensland Regional Plan

Planning Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the plan would encourage development away from the coast, and towards a corridor west of Brisbane.

In the wider south-eastern precinct, an estimated 754,000 new homes are required.

A full copy of the report is here:



Some government released notes below:


South East Queensland (SEQ) is Australia’s fastest growing region. By 2031, its population is expected to grow from 2.8 million to 4.4 million people.

The region covers 22,890 square kilometres, stretching 240 kilometres from Noosa in the north to the Queensland – New South Wales border in the south, and 160 kilometres west to Toowoomba.

The SEQ region includes land covered by 11 city and regional local governments. Its regional landscape is a rich mix of bushland and beaches, ranges and paddocks, rivers and lakes.

SEQ’s population is heavily urbanised and is generally concentrated along the coast between Noosa and Cooloongatta.


Future South East Queensland:

The region’s growth will generate demand for 754,000 new dwellings, as well as supporting infrastructure and services. It will impose significant social, economic and environmental pressures on the region.

The SEQ Regional Plan seeks to proactively manage this growth by identifying a preferred settlement pattern for the region and encouraging more compact development. An increased proportion of the region’s population will be accommodated in the Western Corridor, reducing pressure on the heavily populated coast.

Of the new dwellings that will be required in SEQ by 2031, nearly half will be built in established urban areas through infill and redevelopment, and the rest in suitable undeveloped (broadhectare) sites.

The plan also protects 85 % of the region from urban development by restricting this development outside the Urban Footprint and identifying areas within the Urban Footprint for future urban growth.

Regional plan:

About the South East Queensland Regional Plan

The South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009–2031 is the Queensland Government’s plan to manage growth and protect the region’s lifestyle and environment.

The plan responds to issues such as continued high population growth, traffic congestion, koala protection, climate change and employment generation. The plan balances population growth with the need to protect the lifestyle residents of South East Queensland value and enjoy.

Land use categories

Have you recently received a letter from the Department of Infrastructure and Planning about a change in land use category for your property? Find out more about the land use categories.

Supporting initiatives:

The implementation of the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009–2031 will be supported by several initiatives, including:

Draft SEQ Climate Change Management Plan
SEQ Rural Futures Strategy
North East Gold Coast Land Use and Infrastructure Planning Strategy


In 2003, following a decade of voluntary regional planning initiatives in South East Queensland (SEQ), state and local governments recognised more needed to be done to manage the impacts of the region’s rapid population growth.

In 2004 the Integrated Planning Act 1997 (IPA) was amended to provide a statutory, or legal, basis for regional planning. This led to the creation of the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2005–26, which provided the framework for managing growth, land use and development in the region.

During 2008/09 the Queensland Government undertook a review of the SEQ Regional Plan 2005-26 to respond to important growth management issues that have emerged since its release. These issues include continued high population growth, housing affordability pressures, transport congestion, koala protection and climate change.

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Marc Pallisco

A former property analyst and print journalist, Marc is the publisher of realestatesource.com.au.