South East Queensland regional plan
The South East Queensland Regional Plan 2017, also known as ShapingSEQ, is the regional plan for the South East Queensland (SEQ) region.
The growth monitoring program supports ShapingSEQ through its housing supply expert panel, measures that matter report and the land supply and development monitoring online report.
Region at a glance
3.8 million people
1.6 million dwellings
1.94 million jobs
The region includes the local government areas of:
- Brisbane City Council
- City of Gold Coast Council
- Ipswich City Council
- Lockyer Valley Regional Council
- Logan City Council
- Moreton Bay Regional Council
- Noosa Shire Council
- Redland City Council
- Scenic Rim Regional Council
- Somerset Regional Council
- Sunshine Coast Council
- Toowoomba Regional Council (urban extent only).
ShapingSEQ provides a regional framework for growth management, and sets planning direction for sustainable growth, global economic competitiveness and high-quality living by:
- identifying a long-term sustainable pattern of development which focuses more growth in existing urban areas
- harnessing regional economic strengths and clusters to compete globally
- ensuring land use and infrastructure planning are integrated
- valuing and protecting the natural environment, productive land, resources, landscapes and cultural heritage
- promoting more choice of housing and lifestyle options
- locating people and jobs closer together, and moving people and goods more efficiently and reliably
- promoting vibrant, fair, healthy and affordable living and housing to meet all of the community's needs
- valuing design and embracing the climate to create high-quality living environments
- maximising the use of existing infrastructure and planning for smarter solutions for new infrastructure
- supporting strong rural communities and economic diversification.
The Queensland Government is committed to ensuring ShapingSEQ and its 36 implementation actions are successfully implemented. An annual report provides greater transparency on the progress of each implementation action.
Growth Monitoring Program
The Growth Monitoring Program reports annually on land supply and development in SEQ.
It informs planning and infrastructure needs to support adequate land supply. This helps deliver ShapingSEQ’s preferred settlement pattern and ensure land supply does not put pressure on housing affordability
The Growth Monitoring Program consists of three core deliverables:
- Housing Supply Expert Panel
- Measures that Matter
- Land Supply and Development Monitoring (LSDM) online report
A strategic assessment for the SEQ region is a key action for ShapingSEQ.
Strategic assessments are an environmental assessment and approval process under the Commonwealth Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
A strategic assessment of SEQ can deliver improved environmental outcomes and allow strategic approval of areas in SEQ for development. Once completed, a strategic assessment for SEQ can:
- allow upfront and streamlined assessment under the EPBC Act
- enable strategic consideration of where environmental matters must be protected and where development can occur
- provide more effective protection for the region's outstanding environmental assets
- inform future regional planning for SEQ.
The Queensland Government will work closely with the Commonwealth Government, SEQ local councils and other key stakeholders in undertaking the strategic assessment.
Planning for rural precincts in accordance with ShapingSEQ and the Planning Regulation 2017 provides local governments with an opportunity to support sustainability and economic diversification within the Regional Landscape and Rural Production Area (RLRPA). The ShapingSEQ: Rural precincts guideline has been prepared to assist local governments in understanding, preparing and implementing rural precincts where appropriate.
Key points in the guideline include:
- the process to establish rural precincts must be led by the relevant local government and will require comprehensive justification as to why rural precincts are the right tool for the area
- rural precincts are to be applied to areas of a scale which is appropriate to the proposed purpose and will not be supported across either the whole of a local government area or over a single site
- rural precincts must advance the goals and strategies of ShapingSEQ and uphold the intent of the RLRPA
- rural precincts are not to be used to facilitate prohibited development, including residential development (whether urban or rural in nature).
Local governments contemplating the use of rural precincts are encouraged to review the ShapingSEQ: Rural precincts guideline in detail and to contact the department early in the process to commence initial discussions.
- ShapingSEQ fact sheet
- ShapingSEQ frequently asked questions
- ShapingSEQ plan maps and regulatory maps (see relevant section in list below)
- Interactive mapping system
- ShapingSEQ consultation report
Regulatory provisions in the Planning Regulation 2017 support ShapingSEQ and apply to certain types of development in SEQ.
For more information, see ShapingSEQ: SEQ regulatory provision guideline.
The background papers, guidelines, and technical notes are provided as supplementary technical material supporting ShapingSEQ.
- ShapingSEQ Background paper 1: Grow
- ShapingSEQ Background paper 2: Prosper
- ShapingSEQ Background paper 3: Connect
- ShapingSEQ Background paper 4: Sustain
- ShapingSEQ Background paper 5: Live
- ShapingSEQ Technical note: Identifying and mapping regional biodiversity values
- ShapingSEQ Technical note: Regional Planning Interests Act 2014
Guidelines help implement key policies of the regional plan and are to be read in conjunction with ShapingSEQ:
South East Queensland regional plan maps and regulatory maps:
Last updated: 16 May 2022