How will your backyard look under the new draft planning scheme?

02 June 2023

How will your neighbourhood – and other areas important to you – look in a few years?

The Ipswich Plan 2024 is the proposed new planning scheme for the city and is open for community consultation until 16 July.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said there were significant changes proposed in the new draft scheme given Ipswich’s record growth and the age of the current planning scheme.

“Council’s current planning scheme is one of the oldest in Queensland and it’s time for a new scheme that reflects modern community expectations and contemporary planning requirements,” Mayor Harding said.

“This draft planning scheme identifies where future growth and development should occur. It will benefit people, places, the environment and the economy.”

The draft Ipswich Plan 2024 is currently on the Shape Your Ipswich website, along with information videos, factsheets and breakdowns of the major components.

Mayor Harding said it was convenient to use the new tools to see how the new draft scheme would affect individual properties.

“The Shape Your Ipswich website has a ‘property search’ function where you can obtain a property report to see what is relevant to your property,” Mayor Harding said.

“This is a great tool that allows anyone to quickly and easily see the planned changes to their property, giving them plenty of time to make a submission and help shape Ipswich.

“We are also using this opportunity to educate our community on the importance of planning and how it can influence change in our community. This includes identifying the areas suitable for development and change, setting standards for these developments and ensuring we recognise the things we want to protect.”

The new draft scheme also incorporates cultural and heritage protection for places of significance for First Nations peoples, including landscapes, watercourses and other sites in addition to our other heritage assets.

Ipswich resident Ray Byrnes said the map function with the many overlays were very useful and easy to use.

“It was very informative to see the flood risk and overland flow paths, the zoning and densities, as well as the bushfire risk and tree overlays,” Ms Byrnes said.

There will also be a series of face-to-face meetings as part of the consultation phase.

Talk to a Planner sessions are on:

2 June, 2pm to 7pm at Rosewood Library

6 June, 2pm to 7pm at Redbank Plains Library

8 June, 3pm to 8pm at Springfield Central Library

Community Information sessions:

13 June, 6pm to 9pm, at Goodna State School

19 June, 6pm to 9pm, at Rosewood State High School

22 June, 6pm to 9pm, at Karalee State School

RSVPs are requested, but not essential, for community information sessions to understand numbers and also to invite questions from the community.

For more information, visit Shape Your Ipswich - New Ipswich Planning Scheme