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The Queensland Government has set aside a large parcel of its land in inner-city Brisbane for a new residential and commercial precinct.
Queensland Planning Minister Stirling Hinchliffe says it means development processes will be streamlined but there will still be community consultation.
“In terms of the first stage which is about planning the future of the site, it does involve certainly engagement processes,” he said.
“Ultimately once those are in place development applications are made and assessed by the ULDA rather than by Brisbane City Council.”
Mr Hinchliffe says the high-density precinct will be located near a busway and a future rail station.
“We would envisage that the full development of what is designed and anticipated for this key location won’t actually be complete for another 10 to 15 years,” he said.
“A key catalyst in this site is what continues to go on with the public transport in the area.”
But Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman says any planning decisions made by the ULDA will not be accountable to the public.
Councillor Newman says the Brisbane City Council will still make submissions on proposals for the site but the council does not support the ULDAs role in controlling the planning.
“People elect a council to be accountable to them for planning decisions and for the way the city goes forward,” he said.
“The ULDA by operating in Brisbane under this sort of state arrangement is basically chipping away at that and it’s chipping away at local democracy and we just think it’s wrong.”
He says the ULDA does not have to worry about the effects of its decisions on the local community.
“The ULDA are not elected – they’re not accountable to the community,” he said.
“Their real masters are people down at George Street [Queensland Government] and it’s not the same thing at all as being able to deal with your local councillor or for example the Lord Mayor and the planning chair, so that puts a whole different light on the way that they go about doing planning work.”
However, the Queensland Government says the ULDA will consult closely with residents on plans for the area.
A master plan for the area is due within the next 12 months.