Woolloongabba Cross River Rail Priority Development Area (PDA)

Key details

  • The former 10 hectare Woolloongabba PDA, declared on 23 April 2010, has been revoked and replaced with the 21 hectare Woolloongabba CRR PDA to assist with the delivery of the CRR Project. This boundary includes all land within the former Woolloongabba PDA as well as land east of Main Street, including the Brisbane Cricket Ground (the Gabba Stadium).
  • The Woolloongabba Cross River Rail (CRR) Priority Development Area (PDA) was declared on 3 April 2020 and an Interim Land Use Plan (dated April 2020) came into effect.
  • The Interim Land Use Plan (dated April 2020) pre-dates confirmation of Brisbane as the host of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games (Brisbane 2032) and the Gabba being identified as a venue for the Olympic and Paralympic athletics events and opening and closing ceremonies.
  • Following confirmation of Brisbane 2032, a new Interim Land Use Plan (dated November 2021) has been made to acknowledge the need for additional planning to be undertaken in light of the State Government’s proposed redevelopment of the Gabba stadium.
  • The new Interim Land Use Plan (dated November 2021) has effect from 24 November 2021. It provides a planning framework for development within the PDA for a period of up to 12 months or until the development scheme is finalised.
  • The Minister for Economic Development Queensland has delegated certain functions and powers under the Economic Development Act 2012 (ED Act) to the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority including development scheme preparation and development assessment.

 

Woolloongabba CRR PDA boundary map

Map of the Woolloongabba PDA area.
 

Woolloongabba CRR PDA Interim Land Use Plan

The ED Act provides for a streamlined planning and development framework for PDAs to facilitate economic development, and development for community purposes. Once a PDA is declared under the ED Act, a development scheme for the PDA must be prepared.

The new Interim Plan Use Plan (dated November 2021) has effect from 24 November 2021. It is predominantly consistent with the previous Interim Land Use Plan (dated April 2020), other than changes made to reflect:

  1. confirmation of Brisbane 2032, and
  2. commitments made by the State Government in relation to the Woolloongabba CRR PDA, regarding:
    • open space provision, and
    • affordable and social housing.

A schedule of amendments outlining the above-described changes can be accessed here.

As at 2021, the planning, staging and delivery of infrastructure, including the Gabba redevelopment, is in an early phase. A significant amount of work is required, in consultation with relevant State agencies and bodies responsible for coordinating the delivery of Brisbane 2032, to understand how the Gabba redevelopment relates to the broader PDA and development scheme preparation.

When the proposed development scheme is prepared, it will be publicly notified in accordance with the ED Act. 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.

The Interim Land Use Plan (dated November 2021) has effect from 24 November 2021. It provides a planning framework for development within the PDA for a period of up to 12 months or until the development scheme is finalised.

The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority is responsible for planning and development assessment within the Woolloongabba CRR PDA.

Further infomration

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  • The Woolloongabba CRR PDA is required to provide for the coordinated, timely development of land and infrastructure, facilitating economic development and development for community purposes, within the precinct surrounding the new underground Woolloongabba CRR station.

    The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority has worked closely with the Brisbane City Council, Economic Development Queensland, relevant state agencies and specialist planning consultants in declaring the PDA. The community will have the opportunity to have their say when the proposed development scheme is released for public notification.

    The Woolloongabba CRR PDA is approximately 21 hectares. The PDA contains the new Woolloongabba CRR station, the Woolloongabba busway station, parts of the Pacific Motorway and the Veloway, and is generally defined by Allen Street to the west, Stanley Street, Vulture Street, and the Gabba Stadium to the east.

    Applications for development within the PDA will be assessed and decided by Cross River Rail Delivery Authority, as delegate of the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ).

    Until such time as a development scheme is finalised, applications will be assessed against the new Interim Land Use Plan (November 2021) rather than the Brisbane City Plan 2014.

    Applications will be assessed against the development scheme once finalised.

    A development scheme is a statutory instrument created under the Economic Development Act 2012 (ED Act). A development scheme regulates development within a PDA for intended purposes aligned with the ED Act.

    A development scheme will supersede the new Interim Land Use Plan (November 2021) once finalised. Applications will be assessed against the development scheme once finalised.

    On 21 July 2021, Brisbane was confirmed host of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games (Brisbane 2032). For Brisbane 2032, 84% of venues are already built or will be temporary including the Gabba, which will be the venue for Olympic and Paralympic athletics as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.

    The Gabba has been home to sport in Queensland for over 126 years but in its current form, it hasn’t always kept pace with enhancements or redevelopment of other major stadia in capital cities throughout Australia. Over the coming years, redevelopment of the Gabba is needed to support the long-term professional sport, community and entertainment needs of Brisbane and South East Queensland including attracting national and international sporting and entertainment events. This need is present irrespective of Brisbane 2032, however the event provides a catalyst to accelerate redevelopment and deliver a significant legacy outcome for Brisbane and Queensland.

    As at 2021, the planning, staging and delivery of infrastructure, including the Gabba redevelopment, is in an early phase. A significant amount of work is required, in consultation with relevant State agencies and bodies responsible for coordinating the delivery of Brisbane 2032, to understand how the Gabba redevelopment relates to the broader PDA and development scheme preparation.

    When the proposed development scheme is prepared, it will be publicly notified in accordance with the Economic Development Act 2012. 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.

    The Interim Land Use Plan (dated November 2021) has effect from 24 November 2021. It provides a planning framework for development within the PDA for a period of up to 12 months or until the development scheme is finalised.

    Yes, the Queensland Government has committed to make 50 per cent of the precinct into open space that will be co-designed with the community.

    Yes, the Queensland Government has committed to social and affordable housing (including affordable housing for frontline workers) outcomes for the PDA.

    Modelling shows that approximately 17,980 people will use the Woolloongabba underground station each typical weekday by 2036.

    Higher use is expected for a major event (such as a sport or entertainment event held at the Gabba Stadium)

    The final tunnel alignment and concepts for the station entrances are outlined here.

    Anyone can make a submission about a development application which triggers notification.

    The Interim Land Use Plan (dated November 2021) has effect from 24 November 2021. It provides a planning framework for development within the PDA for a period of up to 12 months or until the development scheme is finalised. Several notification triggers are detailed under section 3.4 of the Interim Land Use Plan (November 2021).

    Development applications that trigger notification must be publicly notified in accordance with the Economic Development Act 2012. Submissions must be considered when deciding development applications.

    The former Woolloongabba Police Station is listed on the state heritage register and the Morrison Hotel is listed on the local heritage register.

    The heritage sites within the PDA are protected.

    In accordance with the Interim Land Use Plan (November 2021), development within the PDA will have to provide for the conservation of heritage places whilst providing flexibility for sensitive adaptive re-use opportunities.

    Any development or adaptive reuse proposal will be assessed against the Interim Land Use Plan (November 2021) until such time that the development scheme is finalised.