Boggo Road Cross River Rail Priority Development Area (PDA)

Key Details

  • The Boggo Road Cross River Rail (CRR) Priority Development Area (PDA) was declared on 2 October 2020 and an Interim Land Use Plan (ILUP) given effect.
  • This PDA was declared at the request of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority to assist with the delivery of the Cross River Rail Project, including future redevelopment within the health and knowledge precinct either side of the new central pedestrian bridge.
  • The new central pedestrian bridge will help to better connect each side of the health and knowledge precinct, provide broader community access improvements including linking the existing cycleway to University of Queensland St Lucia campus and the V1 Veloway, and provide better access to the new Boggo Road station.
  • Cross River Rail is a 10.2 kilometre rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, which includes 5.9 kilometres of tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD.
  • The ILUP provides a planning framework for development within the PDA until the development scheme is finalised over the next 24 months.
  • This ILUP has been prepared to closely reflect relevant development requirements from the Brisbane City Plan 2014, whilst also focussing on future research and technology outcomes, the new CRR station and connecting infrastructure.
  • It is anticipated that the proposed development scheme will be advertised for public comment in early 2022.
  • The Minister for Economic Development Queensland has delegated certain functions and powers under the Economic Development Act 2012 to the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority including plan preparation and development assessment.


Boggo Road CRR PDA Interim Land Use Plan

The Economic Development Act 2012 provides for a streamlined planning and development framework for PDAs to facilitate economic development, and development for community purposes.

Development within the CRR PDA is regulated under the Boggo Road CRR PDA ILUP until the development scheme is finalised.

The proposed development scheme is anticipated to be subject to public notification in 2022. At this time, all interested parties, including the community, residents and business operators, will be invited to view the proposed development scheme and make a written submission to the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority. A report about submissions, and any required changes to the development scheme are then submitted to the Minister for Economic Development Queensland for consideration.

Download the Boggo Road CRR PDA Interim Land Use Plan.

Boggo Road CRR PDA regulatory map


Download the Boggo Road CRR PDA regulatory map

  • Frequently asked questions

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  • The Boggo Road Cross River Rail PDA is required to provide for the coordinated, timely development of land and infrastructure, facilitating economic development and development for community purposes, surrounding the new underground Boggo Road Cross River Rail station. Future development is intended to enhance the already established world-class health and research facilities with a focus on innovation and jobs in health, science and education services.

    The PDA is approximately 39 hectares. The PDA encompasses predominantly state government owned land surrounding the new underground Boggo Road station including land associated with the Princess Alexandra Hospital and the Ecosciences Precinct.

    The Boggo Road CRR PDA also contains existing surface railway stations (Park Road and Dutton Park stations), and rail lines (Beenleigh/Gold Coast and Cleveland lines), and existing Eastern Busway stations (Princess Alexandra Hospital and Boggo Road) and tunnels.

    The new Boggo Road Station will enable better access for the local community, precinct businesses, workers and visitors to the precinct and from the precinct to the city centre and other knowledge precincts, via the new Cross River Rail tunnels and stations.

    When combined with existing rail and bus services, and future Brisbane Metro, the public transit interchange at Boggo Road will be the second busiest in Brisbane (after Roma Street) providing significant flexibility for passengers to change between public transport lines and modes at this location.

    The Boggo Road station works also include the construction of a new central pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the existing railway lines to bring together the Princess Alexandra Hospital and Ecosciences sides of the precinct and provide improved access to the major public transport interchange including the new Boggo Road station.

    Whilst providing better access for precinct workers and visitors, this new central bridge also provides improved cyclist connection between University of Queensland’s St Lucia Campus to the west and the V1 Veloway to the east of the PDA.

    Yes. Development within the PDA will be designed to take advantage of Brisbane’s subtropical climate and contribute to Brisbane’s identity and outdoor lifestyle, by delivering high-quality, subtropical architecture and buildings, public realm and landscaping (including public art) that is open, engaging and embellished with greenery.

    The PDA has been designed to deliver a well-connected and accessible public realm network that is permeable for pedestrians and cyclists, links attractions, public passenger transport infrastructure, surrounding parkland and neighbourhoods.

    Outlook Park has been temporarily relocated to make way for the establishment of the new Cross River Rail station and a new station plaza as a focal point for passenger arrival. Work is ongoing to determine the permanent location of Outlook Park as well as consideration of additional opportunities for green space and amenity to create a better environment for social interaction and collaboration.

    Yes. Feedback from precinct stakeholders has highlighted that there are limited existing options for food and beverage within the PDA and few places for people to go outside of the major institutional facilities and socialise. Whilst the ILUP Precinct 1 has carried forward Brisbane City Plan mixed use allowances, and ensured future research and technology outcomes can also be accommodated, further work will be undertaken during preparation of the development scheme to identify opportunities for supporting retail and related service offerings within the PDA.

    Approximately 22,000 people will use the Boggo Road underground station each weekday by 2036.

    The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority has worked closely with officers from Brisbane City Council (BCC), Economic Development Queensland (EDQ), Metro South Health, Department of Housing and Public Works, Queensland Treasury (Planning Group and Cities Transformation Taskforce) and specialist planning consultants to prepare the Boggo Road CRR PDA Interim Land Use Plan. The community will have an opportunity to comment during the preparation of the development scheme.

    The Delivery Authority has worked closely with Brisbane City Council officers to prepare the Boggo Road CRR PDA Interim Land Use Plan at this location. Applications for development within the PDA will be assessed and decided by the CRRDA as delegate of the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ) and be assessed against the Interim Land Use Plan rather than the Brisbane City Plan 2014.

    Existing infrastructure designations continue to have effect within the PDA. Development of land for community infrastructure, such as hospital development, is enabled under the infrastructure designation framework rather than requiring development assessment under the Economic Development Act 2012.

    Any new infrastructure designation or amendment to an existing infrastructure designation approval must have regard to a PDA development scheme amongst other relevant matters.

    The PDA provides flexibility to attract commercially focussed research, innovation, services and investment to the precinct to sit alongside existing and future development for community purposes. Creating a vibrant mix of community facilities, innovative businesses, and services together within the precinct will help to continue ground-breaking research and innovative outcomes for the benefit of the community and enable the growth of health, education and innovation jobs for the future.

    The underground Boggo Road station is currently under construction. The final tunnel alignment, station entrances and construction methodology is outlined here.

    The Boggo Road CRR PDA Interim Land Use Plan allows for the MEDQ, or their delegate, to require notification of a development application. There are also other notification triggers depending on the nature of the land use and building height proposed. If required/triggered (refer section 3.4 of the ILUP), a development application will be publicly notified, and submissions considered during the assessment of the development application.

    The historic Boggo Road Gaol and the Former Dispenser’s House, Diamantina Hospital are within the PDA and are listed on the State heritage register.

    The Heffernan Park Air Raid Shelter is located within an area identified as PDA associated land.

    The heritage places within the PDA are protected.

    Any development within the PDA will have to provide for the conservation of heritage places whilst providing flexibility for sensitive adaptive reuse opportunities.

    Any development or adaptive reuse proposal of a heritage place will be done in a way which showcases the identified heritage value and preserves its cultural heritage significance including the historic built form character and structural integrity of the heritage place.

    The significant improvement in transport connectivity and revitalisation of the Boggo Road precinct made possible by Cross River Rail will generate opportunities for urban renewal and enhancement of public spaces in the area including the new central pedestrian and cyclist bridge.

    The exact form of the future development is subject to further work including development feasibility, market advice and consideration of the appropriate development assessment/permit pathway which may require development assessment under the PDA, or alternatively, may be undertaken in accordance with an infrastructure designation.