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Toowoomba Region residents and businesses are invited to have their say on how the Region plans to grow over the next 30 years to support an additional 55,000 residents and 18,000 new homes.
Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) Planning and Development Committee chair Cr Megan O’Hara Sullivan said Council invited residents to attend drop-in sessions at venues across the Region starting from Monday, October 25. (*See schedule below and online feedback option)
Cr O’Hara Sullivan said consultation on the Region’s Growth Plan marked the next stage of public feedback under Council’s long-term planning program, Toowoomba Region Futures.
“Our Toowoomba Region Futures program is designed to help shape growth and development in our Region for the next 30 years,” Cr O’Hara Sullivan said.
TRC Planning and Development Committee portfolio leader Cr Bill Cahill said Council had released two potential growth options for the community to consider.
“Council has worked hard to develop two growth options that align with the community’s values and to respond to the concerns and priorities in relation to growth, identified during community consultation in March 2021,” Cr Cahill said.
“Both growth options aim to balance the protection of character, heritage and our natural environment with convenience, access and lifestyle.
“Both of the options also accommodate the Region’s growth to 2051, but each option would result in slightly different settlement patterns.”
Cr O’Hara Sullivan said Toowoomba city and the wider Region were growing up.
“Look at the changes and development that have occurred in the past five to 10 years,” Cr O’Hara Sullivan said.
“Few, if any, Australian regional cities and surrounding districts have seen the level of private and public investment in the past decade that we have experienced. Our Gross Regional Product has reached the $11 billion mark, making us an attractive destination for future investment and its accompanying jobs growth.”
“This investment shows how the city and the Region are changing and will continue to grow and reshape.
“Our future is very bright with many emerging infrastructure, enterprise and employment opportunities.
“This is a unique time for regional centres given the rise in workforce mobility. More people are discovering the attractiveness of Toowoomba, and other non-metropolitan areas. Our enviable lifestyle could easily realise opportunities for continued and sustained long-term growth.
“This is the most important time to have a say on work to shape our Region’s future.”
Cr Cahill said the Toowoomba Region Growth Plan would provide a framework for sustainable future development to make sure our Region remained a unique place to work, live, play and stay, for generations to come.
“It will map how we can accommodate growth and help us identify required infrastructure, such as sewerage, water, stormwater, parks and local roads,” Cr Cahill said.
“The Growth Plan will inform the development of a new Toowoomba Region Planning Scheme and Toowoomba Region Infrastructure Plan.
“This will determine future areas for residential housing to meet the needs of all sectors of our community, providing housing for first home buyers, professionals, families and right sizers.
“It will cater for greenfield areas, as well as policy settings for medium density housing, like villas, townhouses and units.”
Toowoomba Region Futures is expected to be completed in late 2024.
Council wants to hear the community’s thoughts on the two potential options for growth at the sessions listed below.
Residents, businesses, and community groups are invited to complete a 10-minute online survey by 15 November 2021, by visiting https://yoursay.tr.qld.gov.au/tr-growth-plan