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Toowoomba Region Futures is a five-year program (‘The Program’) designed to build a community vision for growth and development in our Region.
The Program will provide an integrated roadmap for managing urban growth throughout our Region, including:
To find out more visit yoursay.tr.qld.gov.au/tr-futures
From 16 May to 19 June 2022 we'll be seeking community and stakeholder feedback on two key aspects of the Toowoomba Region Futures program:
Share your thoughts or find out more at yoursay.tr.qld.gov.au/shaping-our-future.
Our Region is likely to grow by more than 55,000 people over the next three decades. That’s because we are considered a safe, healthy, prosperous and inclusive Region. We need to work together to maintain this status as we grow and change. We’re building a community of the future. We need to embrace the opportunity to capture the community’s vision for our Region. We need to listen, plan and create our future together.
This is a plan for managing growth that is sustainable and affordable. It means providing lifestyle, jobs and housing choices for people of all ages, abilities and stages of life. It is working together to protect the landscapes and the way of life we love. It means shaping tomorrow by putting people first.
See our Toowoomba Region Futures video or click on the link below.
The Toowoomba Region Futures program was launched to the community on Thursday 11 February 2021.
The Toowoomba Region Futures program is expected to be completed in May 2025.
In 2019, the current planning scheme was reviewed and the need to develop a new plan for guiding our Region’s future was recognised. This process identified gaps that became the focus of detailed studies on key topics in 2020.
We engaged with the community and stakeholders throughout the process to develop these detailed studies.
Detailed engagement on these key topics was undertaken during 2021:
Findings from the gap studies and this in-depth engagement process have directly informed the draft Strategic Framework, the main subject of the ‘Shaping our Future’ engagement.
Outcomes from this engagement will help inform the next stage of the program, ‘Shaping our Future’, and the development of the new planning scheme.
Several strategic projects are being undertaken to provide evidence-based data in order to shape these tools.
The planning scheme guides how land in the Toowoomba Region can be used and developed, to make sure the right development happens in the right places, and in the right form. It sets out the vision for the type of Region we want to be in the future, and the standards and rules for use, development, and protection of specific land and buildings, to achieve our vision.
The planning scheme identifies when planning approval is required for a development, and the requirements that must be met to be approved. This is to make sure that development and associated infrastructure contributes to achieving our future vision, while accommodating growth and change.
Find out more information on what a planning scheme does and how to use the online planning scheme.
The Toowoomba Region Growth Plan will be a clear, coordinated, and sustainable long-term population and employment growth strategy for the region to 2050. The growth plan will inform the Toowoomba Region Planning Scheme and the Infrastructure Plan.
The growth plan will guide development with either an emphasis on ‘convenience’ (with more infill development) or ‘new communities’ (with more urban fringe development), depending on the preferred scenario. However, either outcome will provide for a mix of both infill and urban fringe development.
Read more about Community Growth Action Plans.
The Toowoomba Region Infrastructure Plan (TRIP) is a plan to service our Region now and into the future with infrastructure that is necessary to support the anticipated growth in our communities. The TRIP identifies the land and works needed to provide key services, ensuring that development for our people, business and public places works like it is supposed to and keeps our Region liveable. Find out more information about Local Government Infrastructure Plans.
The Strategic Framework is one of three key elements of the planning scheme. The strategic framework sets the big-picture vision for future development in the Region. The other two elements, assessment tables, and codes are the tools to achieve that vision.
Assessment tables inform planners if planning approval is required for a development, and the codes that need to be considered. Codes contain the standards that the development needs to meet to be approved. These tools ensure each development contributes to achieving the future vision.
If you want to understand why the planning scheme requires you to do something in a certain way, the Strategic Framework will provide the answer.
In 2020 and 2021 we talked to you as part of our gap studies on key topics, which helped us prepare the draft Strategic Framework. Now we’re seeking your feedback on the draft, to make sure it reflects your needs and aspirations, that issues are prioritised correctly, and we haven’t missed anything.
There’s also another opportunity to have a say on your preferred growth option. We sought feedback on these late last year but given the importance of making the right choice for our Region, we decided to open it up again.
Lots of people feel passionate about planning when there is a nearby development proposed near their home that they disagree with. But if the planning scheme supports that development, there is not much that can be done.
‘Shaping our Future’ is your opportunity to get out in front. Your feedback now can influence a planning scheme that is more likely to be aligned with how you see your street, neighbourhood, town, and Region in the future.
Don’t wait for something you don’t like. Our tomorrow is being shaped right now, and this is your chance to be part of it.
Lots of ways! Visit www.yoursay.tr.gov.au/shaping-our-future before 19 June for more information and to have your say.
The draft Strategic Framework will be reviewed in line with your feedback, and then used to help develop the draft planning scheme. The draft planning scheme will be reviewed by the State Government, and then there’s another opportunity for public comment, expected to be in 2024. The draft will be revised once more with this round of feedback before it is finalised.
The Growth Plan will be finalised based on feedback on the preferred growth option and other inputs and used to inform the draft planning scheme. The infrastructure plan is informed by both processes.
Either option will include a mix of growth in existing areas and at the outer edges of Toowoomba city, but we have a choice about the proportion of each growth type. The ‘convenience’ option has more growth in central areas, whereas the ‘new communities’ option has more outer growth.
What this means is:
Many people and groups will be involved in planning for the future, including Council, state government agencies, community groups, development industry bodies, landowners, business owners, and youth representatives. We want to hear from as many people as possible. Toowoomba Region Futures is about understanding the needs and aspirations of all our communities. The Region belongs to all of us so let’s all be a part of planning for its future.
We’re seeking community and stakeholder feedback between 16 May and 19 June 2022 on two key aspects of the Toowoomba Region Futures program:
Opportunities will be listed on our website https://yoursay.tr.qld.gov.au/shaping-our-future so please check in regularly.
To find out more call 131 872 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, there’ll be many opportunities for the community to have a say on our Region’s growth and development from 2021- 2024. Check out yoursay.tr.qld.gov.au/tr-futures to find out how you can get involved.
To find out more about the Toowoomba Region Futures program or see how you can get involved in this Region-shaping project please visit yoursay.tr.qld.gov.au/tr-futures, email email@example.com or call 131 872.