Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Limitations to Usable Land Supply

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Limitations to Usable Land Supply

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WHILE Toowoomba is expected to grow by a massive 30 per cent over the next 30 years, there is considerable limitations that will define how, and where this growth will be seen.

Town planning consultants, Precinct Urban Planning recently presented, alongside UDIA, the findings of a broadhectare land supply assessment for the greater Toowoomba area, including the outlying settlements of Highfields, Kingsthorpe, Gowrie Junction, Cambooya and Wyreema.

The purpose of the study was to look at the extent of land practically available for broadhectare residential subdivision, having regard to a range of physical constraints, which have the effect of making certain areas zoned for residential use practically unable to be developed.

The analysis report, presented to many of Toowoomba's business community leaders scrutinised the determinants of restricted land supply from a physical perspective, regulatory requirements and market indicators.

Director of Precinct Urban Planning, Andrew Bullen said the physical characteristics examined included areas affected by excessive slope, high-flood hazard, endangered vegetation, or which were otherwise occupied by non-residential uses or already developed.

Mr Bullen further commented that the regulatory constraints are equally important as the physical characteristics.

"State and local government control the amount of suitably zoned land that can be developed at any particular time," he said.

"Additionally, the regulatory constraints include the Regional Plan designations, allocation of residential zones under Council's town planning scheme, as well as the Priority Infrastructure Area, a council identified area where infrastructure has already been planned to service future land needs for development over the course of the next 10 to 15 years," he added.

Further to the regulatory requirements, broader market demands, and economic considerations were discussed at length throughout the presentation. …

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