Where is the Ripley Valley Priority Development Area (PDA)?
Ripley Valley is located within Ipswich City, adjacent to existing urban development on the southern outskirts of the Ipswich urban area and approximately five kilometres south-west of the Ipswich CBD.
The Ripley Valley Priority Development Area (PDA) covers a total area of 4,680 hectares.
The current residential population of the Ripley Valley PDA is 400. These residents live on predominantly rural and rural residential properties.
What is the vision for Ripley Valley?
EDQ has adopted the following vision for Ripley Valley from the Ipswich Planning Scheme: Part 15 - Ripley Valley Planned Area Structure Plan. By adopting this vision EDQ acknowledges the extensive and award winning planning work previously undertaken by the Ipswich City Council.
The vision for Ripley Valley states:
Ripley Valley 2030 is a rich and festive community which has developed as a series of distinctive neighbourhoods and smaller villages within the many and varied valley precincts, surrounded both close and afar by hills and views of the iconic Flinders Peak.
Vegetated hills, valleys, lakes, open space linkages and trails are a constant reminder of the connection and relationship this community has with its valley home. This natural setting is celebrated by the community in every aspect of design, form and function.
Residents have easy access and connections to employment opportunities both locally and within the wider Ipswich district. Ripley Valley is the heart of one of the state's employment and economic growth regions, with residents benefiting from employment prospects in neighbouring areas of Swanbank, Ebenezer and Amberley. An integrated public transport system operates within and beyond the Valley to provide convenient travel alternatives.
A real 'sense of place' is instilled in the valley, generating community pride in their active involvement in a safe, friendly and green living environment.
The Ripley town centre is stimulating and inspired by its marketplace style and is easily accessible to the community it services. The valley is complimented by a network of smaller neighbourhood mixed use villages offering meeting places, cultural experiences, shopping, recreation, and state of the art transport connections both near and afar. The Ripley Valley has embraced the principles of sustainability and is a model for others to follow - acknowledged both in Australia and overseas.
The following themes further refine the Ripley Valley Vision Statement, and have been designed through a process of collaborative partnerships between government, business and community to guide the development and staging of an effective action framework according to the values and evolving needs of the community.
A living valley - Each resident in Ripley Valley is connected to the valley community and likewise, local residents rely on the valley for cultural activities, entertainment, recreation, education, and their unique lifestyle.
An accessible valley - Travelling around the valley by foot, cycle, bus, or car is convenient, safe and equitable to all members of the community.
A designed valley - Inspired by the natural surrounds, the built form is efficient, comfortable and distinctive reflecting the diverse needs of residents, specifically designed to be sensitive to the features of the valley and provide residents with a unique living environment.
A prosperous valley - The valley provides employment and investment opportunities for residents and contributes significantly to the regional economy.
A functional valley - Ripley Valley has been designed on global best practices in sustainability, including energy efficiency, waste minimisation and water sensitive design. Necessary utilities and services to residents are provided in an eco-efficient manner, maximising the community's self-sufficiency and capacity to cater for advancements in technology and infrastructure provision.
A natural valley - The significant natural assets of the valley are conserved and enhanced, enabling the local environmental values to flourish and define the function of the community.
In addition to the above, the development scheme complements this vision by ensuring:
- Ripley Valley PDA is a significant community within Ipswich City and the South East Queensland region and achieves its potential as a Regional Development Area accommodating around 120,000 people.
The PDA is an inclusive community which:
- provides a diversity of housing, including affordable and accessible housing, to cater for a variety of households and changing requirements as the community matures
- meets the social, recreational and entertainment needs of residents through a combination of appropriately resourced existing Ipswich services and the provision of new services in accessible locations, including multi-purpose community facilities located in centres throughout the PDA
- provides a multitude of opportunities for social interaction in the centres and parks that provide the focus for neighbourhoods throughout the PDA.
How does the Economic Development Act 2012 development assessment process differ from the assessment process under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009?
Development applications over land outside a PDA are made to and assessed by the local government under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) and against the planning scheme.
Development applications over land within a PDA are instead made and assessed under the Economic Development Act 2012 and against the PDA development scheme.
What happens to a building application?
EDQ is not responsible for assessing building work against the Building Act 1975. These applications continue to be made under SPA, which provides for private certification.
Will I have a say on how the Priority Development Area is developed?
The development scheme outlines the requirements for notification of a PDA development application which provides an opportunity for people to make submissions. In deciding a PDA development application the Minister for Economic Development Queensland or delegate must consider any submissions made to it about the application during the submission period.
What will housing look like in the Ripley Valley PDA?
New development in Ripley Valley will provide a range of housing choices to cater for the diverse needs of the local community through a mix of densities, types, designs, price points and home ownership and rental options.
Who will live in the housing?
Anyone can live in the Ripley Valley PDA. The diversity of product will ensure people from a range of socio-economic groups and professions can live within the PDA, including construction and industry workers, teachers, nurses, retail workers and hairdressers as well as singles, families and seniors.
To achieve affordable houses EDQ focuses on the objective of minimising the price of new housing by:
- getting land to market faster
- development approvals
- simplifying planning requirements.
EDQ is not a public housing or social housing provider. In Queensland, public housing is provided by the Department of Communities.
What height will buildings be?
The development scheme sets out maximum building heights to regulate development in the respective land use zones, neighbourhoods or centres identified in the land use plan. Housing in residential neighbourhoods will generally be one and two storeys. Development in and around centres that are planned for mixed uses such as retail, commercial and residential the building heights will be more than two storeys (such as in the urban core where building heights can be up to 12 storeys).
What happens with infrastructure provision?
EDQ recognises that the success of the Ripley Valley PDA relies on the timely delivery of appropriate infrastructure.
The development scheme includes an Infrastructure Plan which outlines infrastructure delivery divided into 2 components, local infrastructure and sub-regional infrastructure. The developer will be required to deliver local infrastructure, such as the provision of roads, sewer and water supply, the early provision of public transport and land for community infrastructure to service the development along with a contribution towards sub-regional infrastructure. The Infrastructure Plan details the timing and provision of sub-regional infrastructure dependent on the rates of development for the PDA. Sub-regional infrastructure includes major trunk works for connection to council's and state's transport network systems and the local water authority's treatment system.
To ensure the delivery of this infrastructure an infrastructure funding framework has been prepared. The framework sets the charges that will apply within the PDA and fund the delivery of infrastructure.
Consultation was undertaken with Ipswich City Council, state agencies, land holders and developers in devising the funding framework.
Can EDQ compulsorily acquire property?
EDQ does not have compulsory land acquisition powers and cannot forcibly acquire anyone's land.