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Introduction of new Act and relevance to development schemes

On 1 February 2013 the Urban Land Development Authority Act 2007 (ULDA Act) was repealed and replaced with the Economic Development Act 2012 (ED Act). Existing Urban Development Areas (UDAs) still exist and have been transitioned under the ED Act to become Transitioned UDAs or Priority Development Areas (PDA).

Development schemes are still valid for UDAs previously declared under the repealed ULDA Act and the land use and development requirements still apply. No changes have been made to them as a result of the ULDA Act being repealed.

Toolooa Priority Development Area (PDA)

Adoption of the development scheme

On 26 April 2013 the Toolooa Priority Development Area (PDA) Development Scheme was approved by the state government.

Public notification for the Toolooa PDA Proposed Development Scheme was undertaken under the ULDA Act between 29 June and 13 August 2012.

During the publication notification period all interested parties including the community, residents, local business operators, state agencies and Gladstone Regional Council were invited to view the proposed development scheme and make a written submission.

All the submissions received were considered and the proposed development scheme was amended in response to issues as considered appropriate. A submissions report (EDQ Submissions Report) was prepared which summarised the submissions received, the merits of those submissions and the extent to which the proposed development scheme was amended to reflect the submissions.

On 11 February 2013 the EDQ Submissions Reports and development schemes were submitted to the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ) for his consideration.

At this time, people who made a submission during the public notification period (submitters) were notified that the MEDQ was considering approving the development schemes. If those submitters were affected owners and they were not satisfied with how their concerns had been addressed after the initial public notification period, they had a further opportunity to write to the MEDQ to request he amend the development schemes be amended to protect their interests.

The MEDQ had until 16 April 2013 to consider any further submissions received from affected owners and consider adopting the development schemes. The MEDQ has prepared a second Submissions Report (MEDQ Submissions Report) summarising the submissions made to him, the merits of the submissions and the extent to which the proposed development scheme was amended to reflect submissions.

On 26 April 2013 the Toolooa PDA Development Scheme was approved by the state government.

The development scheme is the planning document that will assist in planning, carrying out, promoting, coordinating and controlling the development of land in the Toolooa PDA. The development scheme supersedes the Interim Land Use Plan which no longer has effect now that the development scheme has been adopted.

All development applications within the transitioned PDA will now be assessed against the development scheme.

In the interim, if you have any questions or would like some general information about changes to the ULDA or EDQ, please contact EDQ via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone 1300 130 215.

  • Toolooa PDA

    The Toolooa PDA was declared on 9 December 2011 and provides an opportunity to create a vibrant community that blends new, well designed neighbourhoods with the existing residential areas of Toolooa and Glen Eden.

    The PDA is situated approximately 6km south of the Gladstone CBD in the suburb of Toolooa. It is bounded by Gladstone - Benaraby Road, Philip Street, Glen Eden Drive and Glenlyon Road. Altogether the PDA is approximately 180 hectares in size. Comprising only State owned land the PDA adjoins the current communities of Toolooa and Glen Eden but does not encompass any of the existing residences within its boundary. It is anticipated the developable land in PDA has the potential to provide up to 1000 dwellings, subject to detailed design analysis which takes into consideration issues such as steep land and flooding.

    The PDA will assist in the delivery of housing in the Gladstone region, as it continues to grow with the expansion of the resources industry. The PDA will provide a diverse range of housing choices through facilitating a mix of densities, types, designs, price points as well as both home ownership and rental options.

    Adoption of the Toolooa Priority Development Area Development Scheme

    On 26 April 2013 the Toolooa Priority Development Area (PDA)Development Scheme was approved by the state government.

    Since declaration of the Toolooa PDA in December 2011, the State Government has consulted with Gladstone Regional Council, key stakeholders, state agencies and the community to seek input into the preparation of the Toolooa PDA Development Scheme.

    The development scheme was on public notification from 29 June to 13 August 2012.

    The development scheme is the planning document that will assist in planning, carrying out, promoting, coordinating and controlling the development of land in the Toolooa PDA. The development scheme supersedes the Interim Land Use Plan which no longer has effect now that the development scheme has been adopted.

    All development applications within the transitioned UDA are now assessed against the development scheme.

  • Toolooa Interim Land Use Plan

    The Toolooa Interim Land Use Plan (ILUP) was in effect until the development scheme was completed. The ILUP has now been superseded by the development scheme.

  • Infrastructure funding

    The delivery of infrastructure is a key component of facilitating development within Priority Development Areas (PDAs) and ensuring adequate funding for this infrastructure is vital.

    For information about the overarching infrastructure funding framework for the PDA, please download the Infrastructure funding framework (PDF icon 490 KB).

  • Toolooa PDA regulatory map

  • Toolooa FAQs

    Where is the Toolooa Priority Development Area?

    The Priority Development Area is situated approximately six kilometres south of the Gladstone CBD in the suburb of Toolooa. It is bounded by Gladstone-Benaraby Road, Philip Street, Glen Eden Drive and Glenlyon Road. Altogether the PDA is approximately 180 hectares in size. Comprising of only State owned land, the PDA adjoins the current communities of Toolooa and Glen Eden but does not encompass any of the existing residences within its boundary.

    Why was the Toolooa site declared as a PDA?

    The Queensland Government estimates that between 2006-2031, the Gladstone Region will require 21,000 additional dwellings to accommodate the expected regional growth within the Gladstone Region.

    With this expected population growth, housing affordability is a major concern for the area. It is becoming increasingly difficult for more people to get into the property market while up to 33 per cent of existing households are already considered to be in 'housing stress'.

    Therefore the Toolooa PDA will play a role in accommodating some of this growth by providing a range of housing options to cater for diverse groups of people, including homes for key workers such as nurses, teachers, emergency personnel and first home buyers.

    What will the state government do within the Toolooa PDA?

    The state government has worked with Gladstone Regional Council, state agencies, landowners, community and stakeholders to prepare the development scheme which will be used to guide future development outcomes within the Toolooa PDA.

    From the time of declaration, all applications for development within Toolooa PDA area will be assessed by the state government. The development scheme is the planning document that will assist in planning, carrying out, promoting, coordination and controlling the development of land in the Toolooa PDA. The development scheme supersedes the Interim Land Use Plan which no longer has effect now that the development scheme has been adopted. All development applications within the PDA are now assessed against the development scheme.

    What is the vision for Toolooa?

    The PDA will be a vibrant community that blends new, well designed neighbourhoods with the existing residential areas of Toolooa and Glen Eden. Any impacts on existing areas have been well considered, designed for and managed. A range of new, affordable homes will be provided in bushland settings.

    Residential areas

    A diverse and affordable range of new housing choices will be offered in Toolooa. Options will be provided with diversity of types, designs, price points, live/work opportunities and tenures offered.

    Development will respond to and protect sensitive areas such as endangered regional ecosystems, flood prone land and steep slopes, through appropriate construction styles, setbacks, buffering and where appropriate improved connectivity. Many of the new homes provided in Toolooa will have access to views and breezes while being close to neighbourhood parks and bushland recreation areas.

    Bushland and open space

    Approximately 85 hectares of bushland within the PDA will be preserved. This bushland will provide a natural setting for the proposed new neighbourhoods while contributing to Council's long term vision for a 'green' corridor along Glenlyon Road. Environmentally sensitive areas will be included as part of open space areas and green corridors in a way that creates amenity for development.

    As part of the state government's role to plan for the development of this new community, the development scheme fosters the creation of a community exhibiting ecologically sustainable principles and best practice urban design.

    The vision for the Toolooa UDA is that it will:

    • deliver sustainable communities that offer housing affordability, diversity, accessibility and choice
    • demonstrate high quality urban design
    • minimise emissions to land, water and atmosphere
    • promote best practice in the sustainable management of land resources, amenity, ecological values and natural systems.

    What is the Toolooa Priority Development Area Development Scheme?

    The development scheme is the planning document that will assist in planning, carrying out, promoting, coordinating and controlling the development of land in the Toolooa PDA. The development scheme sets out the land uses, development criteria and infrastructure envisaged for the Toolooa PDA and supersedes the Interim Land Use Plan which no longer has effect now that the development scheme has been adopted.

    All development applications within the PDA are now assessed against the development scheme.

    Did the community have an opportunity to comment on the Toolooa Priority Development Area Development Scheme?

    Yes. The Toolooa PDA Proposed Development Scheme was on public notification for a minimum of 30 business days. The public notification period commenced on 29 June 2012 and concluded on 13 August 2012.

    During this period all interested parties including the community, residents, local business operators and the local council were able to view the proposed development scheme and make a written submission for consideration by the state government.

    What happened after the public notification phase closed?

    Once the public notification period for the proposed development scheme concluded on 13 August 2012, the state government reviewed and considered all submissions received.

    A submissions report (EDQ Submissions Report) identifying the issues and how they were addressed and what changes were made to the development scheme was prepared.

    On 11 February 2013 the EDQ Submissions Report and development scheme were submitted to the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ) for consideration. These documents were made available on the department's website.

    At this time, people who made a submission during the public notification period (submitters) were notified that the MEDQ was considering approving the development schemes. If those submitters were affected owners and they were unhappy with how their concerns had been addressed after the initial public notification period, they had a further opportunity to write to the MEDQ to request he amend the development schemes to protect their interests.

    The MEDQ then had until 16 April 2013 to consider any further submissions received from affected owners and consider adopting the development schemes. The MEDQ has prepared a second Submissions Report (MEDQ Submissions Report) summarising the submissions made, the merits of the submissions and the extent to which the proposed development scheme was amended to reflect submissions.

    On 26 April 2013 the Toolooa PDA Development Scheme was approved by the state government.

    The development scheme is the planning document that will assist in planning, carrying out, promoting, coordinating and controlling the development of land in the Toolooa PDA. The development scheme supersedes the Interim Land Use Plan which no longer has effect now that the development scheme has been adopted.

    All development applications within the PDA are now assessed against the development scheme.

    What is the Interim Land Use Plan?

    The Toolooa Interim Land Use Plan (ILUP) was in effect until the development scheme was completed. The ILUP has now been superseded by the development scheme.

    Download the Interim Land Use Plan (PDF icon 534 KB) or contact EDQ via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone 1300 130 215.

    How long will it take to complete development within the PDA?

    Development of the Toolooa PDA is estimated to occur within the next ten years. However, this is dependent on the landowners wishing to develop their land and market forces, as well matters such as Native Title.

    How does Native Title affect the planning and development of the Toolooa PDA?

    Where Native Title has effect within the PDA, the state government will negotiate with the relevant party to come to an agreement regarding the area. Planning for the area can continue as this negotiation occurs, however, development within the area will only commence if Native Title is extinguished on the site in accordance with the Commonwealth Native Title Act 1993.

    Can EDQ compulsorily acquire property?

    No, EDQ does not have compulsory land acquisition powers.

    Will development in the Toolooa PDA be at risk of flooding?

    The Queensland Reconstruction Authority's interim flood maps indicate that the PDA was not impacted by the 2010 and 2011 flood event. The state government undertook detailed hydrologic investigations of the PDA and areas affected by flooding have been incorporated into the Open space zone and will not be developed for residential purposes.

    How will ecologically significant areas be protected?

    Significant environmental values have been identified, retained and enhanced where appropriate within the proposed development scheme. A number of site specific investigations in addition to consultation with council and local stakeholders have identified approximately 85 hectares of bushland within the PDA to be preserved and protected. This bushland will provide a natural setting for the proposed new neighbourhoods while contributing to Council's long term vision for a 'green' corridor along Glenlyon Road.

    Ecologically significant areas will be protected through a number of different planning mechanisms. The development scheme will outline the zoning provisions within the PDA and tables of assessment will nominate the types of development that are appropriate in each zone. The vision in the development scheme will also provide guidance as to what is envisaged for the PDA.

    Development applications will be required to address the state government's Environmental Values and Sustainable Resource Use Guideline which includes provisions to protect significant natural values present within the site.

    What will happen when a development application is lodged with the state government?

    When lodging a development application to the state government, the application will be assessed against the purposes of the Economic Development Act 2012 and the relevant planning document in force or as prepared when the application is decided. On 26 April 2013 the Toolooa PDA Development Scheme was approved by the state government.

    The development scheme is the planning document that will assist in planning, carrying out, promoting, coordinating and controlling the development of land in the Toolooa PDA. The development scheme supersedes the Interim Land Use Plan which no longer has effect now that the development scheme has been adopted.

    All development applications within the PDA are now assessed against the development scheme.

    How does the state government development assessment process differ from the Gladstone Regional Council?

    Development applications over land outside a PDA are made to and assessed by the local government authority under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) and the planning scheme.

    Development applications over land within a PDA are instead made to and assessed by the state government under the Economic Development Act 2012. Under this Act, the assessment process generally occurs within 40 business days. This timeframe does not include circumstances where there is a need for additional information or public notice of the application.

    What happens to a building application that has already been lodged with a private building certifier?

    Economic Development Queensland is not responsible for assessing building work against the Building Act 1975. These applications will continue to be assessed under SPA, which provides for private building certification.

  • Background reports

    Where required, the government has commissioned expert advice and background reports to assist in the preparation of the development scheme. Copies of background reports can be downloaded below.

  • Feedback

    Thank you for your interest in the Toolooa PDA. If you would like to make an enquiry or provide any feedback to EDQ, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Last updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014