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Yeerongpilly Transit Oriented Development

The Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning released a draft future plan for the former Animal Research Institute site at Yeerongpilly in January 2014. The department is working with Brisbane City Council (Council) to set up a planning framework to deliver a transit oriented development (TOD) on the site. A TOD is a planning concept that promotes the creation of well-designed and sustainable urban communities focused around transit stations.

The plan consists of two separate parts:

These two documents reflect feedback the department received from the community prior to the most recent consultation period.

Consultation closed on 14 March 2014. The Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning will now consider all properly made submissions before finalising both documents in mid-2014.


The 14-hectare Yeerongpilly TOD site is located alongside the Brisbane River, approximately 6 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD. It adjoins the Queensland Tennis Centre and Mirvac Tennyson Reach development to the west and Fairfield Road and the Beenleigh to Gold Coast railway line to the east. A pedestrian overpass across Fairfield Road provides easy access between the site and the Yeerongpilly train station.

Yeerongpilly TOD site map

Draft Detailed Plan of Development

The Yeerongpilly TOD Concept Plan of Development (PDF icon 1.72 MB) sought to obtain community feedback about how the Yeerongpilly TOD might be developed over the next 5-10 years and outline some of the key opportunities and constraints of the site. The Yeerongpilly TOD Detailed Plan of Development (PDF icon 12.87 MB) was prepared following community feedback into the concept plan. It includes information from detailed technical studies including flooding, heritage aspects, traffic, noise, vegetation and site contamination. The draft Detailed Plan of Development has no statutory effect in itself. The draft detailed plan map (PDF icon 1.37 MB) provides an overview of where different uses and building heights could be located on the site.

Draft Yeerongpilly TOD State Planning Regulatory Provision 2014

The Draft Yeerongpilly TOD SPRP 2014 (PDF icon 815 KB) sets out the statutory requirements for the entire development and is based on the land use, public realm, movement and other plans depicted in the Draft Detailed Plan of Development. This SPRP differs from the SPRP currently in force (Yeerongpilly TOD State Planning Regulatory Provision 2011) (PDF icon 233 KB) over the early release commercial site adjacent to the Fairfield Road pedestrian overpass.


The benefits of the proposed Yeerongpilly TOD include:

  • new open space areas
  • more efficient use of existing land and infrastructure
  • housing options, including a mix of housing types and sizes to suit different lifestyles and help accommodate Brisbane's growing urban population
  • new local employment opportunities
  • convenience of local retail within walking distance
  • convenient location close to public transport helping to reduce traffic congestion and provide a sustainable alternative to private car usage
  • enabling more active lifestyles through new public spaces, recreational facilities, cyclist and pedestrian friendly streets, parks and plazas
  • better pedestrian accessibility between the Queensland Tennis Centre and the Yeerongpilly railway station.

Early development

During 2011-12, the Brisbane City Council South Regional Business Centre was constructed on a site adjacent to the Yeerongpilly Railway Station pedestrian overpass. This building provides a strong catalyst for future development in the Yeerongpilly TOD.

Work is underway to prepare a site on the corner of Ortive Street and Fairfield Road for future development. One of Queensland's oldest children's charities, MontroseAccess, had its development application approved by Council in late 2013. An innovative new respite centre for children and young adults with a physical disability is expected to open in late 2014.

Frequently asked questions

  • This site is susceptible to flooding, how has this been taken into account in the planning process?

    The risk of flooding has been well understood from the outset of planning for the TOD. This has influenced where development should occur and the levels at which buildings, roads and services need to be constructed to reduce the impacts of flooding.

    The floods in January 2011 affected much of Brisbane, including more than half of the Yeerongpilly TOD site. As a result, the project was delayed until the Queensland Government and Council undertook additional site investigations and considered the recommendations of the Queensland Flood Commission of Inquiry.

    In response to the January 2011 floods, Brisbane City Council introduced a Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI), later replaced by the Brisbane Interim Flood Response in the Brisbane City Council City Plan 2000, which included a new Interim Residential Flood Level (IRFL) for development. This requires new buildings to have habitable floor levels at least 500 millimetres above the IRFL. Commercial and retail development can be constructed at the IRFL. Any development on the site must comply with the current local and statewide standards to help reduce the risk of flooding impacts to people and property.

    Following the January 2011 floods, independent hydrological modelling was undertaken based on the revised plan of development (including any road works and on-site fill required). This was carried out to understand if there was any adverse impact on surrounding areas and/or the level of the Brisbane River in a flood event like that experienced in January 2011. The study showed that while development will remove some floodplain storage from the catchment of the Brisbane River, due to the site's proximity to the river and the capacity and flow of the river at this point, the loss of flood storage at this location had no measureable impact on the timing, notification for or levels of flooding adjacent or up to three kilometres upstream or downstream of the site.

    To provide a greater level of flood immunity to the development, the draft Detailed Plan of Development requires that all new roads south of King Arthur Terrace (with the exception of some transitional roads to existing infrastructure) be constructed to provide flood-free access to all associated lots. Subject to Council conditions, these lots can be filled to allow habitable floor levels to be above the IRFL or alternatively, developers could use this space as basement or semi-basement car parking for their building. The area of the site not affected by flooding can be developed at current ground level.

  • How does the SPRP relate to the Brisbane City Council's City Plan?

    The SPRP prevails over all state and local planning instruments if there is any inconsistency - including regional plans, state planning policies and local government planning schemes. In the case of the Yeerongpilly TOD SPRP, where provisions differ from those in the Council's new draft City Plan, the SPRP provisions will prevail. Where the SPRP remains silent on any matters, such as flood mitigation provisions, development will need to comply with the same City Plan provisions that apply in other areas. The SPRP has been drafted in the same format as the new draft City Plan and refers to new draft City Plan codes.

  • Who will assess development applications for the site?

    Similar to development applications lodged in other areas of Brisbane, assessment of any applications lodged within the Yeerongpilly TOD site will be undertaken by Brisbane City Council and subject to the same requirements. Applications compliant with the requirements set out in the SPRP and Brisbane City Plan will not require further public notification.

  • What is to happen with the existing heritage buildings on-site?

    A heritage study was undertaken by the department which identified the importance of retaining certain heritage buildings to create a community identity and pass on history of the area to future generations. It is envisaged that existing heritage buildings will be retained as commercial use and the associated curtilages are incorporated into the public realm and open space network.

  • How will the new development address road and rail noise?

    Residential buildings which are in the vicinity of state-controlled roads, railways or local government roads like Fairfield Road which are designated as transport noise corridors, are required to comply with the Queensland Development Code. Under this code, residential buildings are required to incorporate materials that reduce noise. This could include double glazed windows and particular types of masonry, flooring and plasterboard.

    Development in urban areas is often subject to noise from road, rail and general neighbourhood activities. Council has a Noise Impact Assessment Planning Scheme Policy which provides a guideline and direction for noise management and mitigation. Any development will be required to be cognisant of this policy.

  • How many car parks will this development include?

    Development must comply with Council's standard transport, access, parking and servicing provisions for retail, commercial and residential. This includes visitor parking for residential as well as street parking. Responsibility will be on the developer to implement these requirements.

  • What type of retail and services is the development expected to provide?

    The proposed development provides for a district-size retail hub with a range of outlets including shops, restaurants, offices and health care services. The range of stores that could be expected will ultimately be left to the market, however it is anticipated there will be interest in providing a supermarket as well a range of small-scale specialty stores and restaurants.

  • How will the impact of traffic on the local road network be managed?

    The realignment of King Arthur Terrace has been designed to help reduce traffic banking and congestion leading onto Fairfield Road and improve traffic flow. Other measures such as desynchronising traffic lights, traffic calming and signage will be provided to help discourage people using this as a through road.

  • Will there be any improvements to public transport as a result of this development?

    The Queensland Government recently announced its intention to construct the Underground Bus and Train project to help increase network capacity and lay the foundation for an international standard 'turn up and go' transit system. Turn up and go services every 15 minutes or less (from approximately 6 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday) have also recently been introduced at Yeerongpilly station. It is expected that future improvements to public transport services would happen in line with increased residential population growth in the area.

Further information

View the Yeerongpilly TOD landscape master plan report (PDF icon 5.3 MB)

A newsletter (PDF icon 575 KB) was delivered to local residents to advise them of the current status of the project and invite them to have their say on the project.

A fact sheet (PDF icon 305 KB) provides a summary of the features of the proposed development.

View the following technical reports:

If you would like to find out more information about the Yeerongpilly TOD:

  • phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
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Last updated on Sunday, 16 March 2014